PM launches Bhutan Tele­com’s Data Cen­ter

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Tashi/P/ling

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’.

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