PM launches Bhutan Telecom’s Data Center
Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay launched the country’s first ever data center in Phuentsholing on 11th of Feb, 2015.
Speaking at the event, Lyonchhen said that with the advent of internet in Bhutan, its benefits have had a resounding impact on public service delivery. Lyonchhen however added that Internet should be used wisely and appropriately, and should be used to improve local content.
“We use internet largely but local content is very less. Therefore, it is important we develop it,” Lyonchhen said.
Lyonchhen also urged the participants to promote local service providers instead of outsourcing elsewhere.
Lyonchhen encouraged the service providers to focus on the reliability so that people would be able to connect with it and find them trustworthy. Lyonchhen said making sure that the 99.982% reliability, as per the tier III design certification, is used to its fullest was very essential. He categorically mentioned that we must also strive to ensure similar quality and standard in other areas such as mobile communications and banking services.
Lyonchhen also said that there were plenty of opportunities for Bhutan in building and marketing data centers because Bhutan provided all the conditions required for data centers to function such as a pollution-free environment, political stability and cheap commercial electricity.
“Unlike other data centers, data maintained and stored in our data centers would be clean and green. Bhutan could be a pioneer in green data centers,” Lyonchhen said.
Lyonchhen added that Bhutan should be branded as an ‘IT enabled society and economy’.