Gov­ern­ment work­ing on pro­vid­ing free Wi-Fi ser­vices: PM

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Tsh­er­ing from Thim­phu

A pro­posal to ini­ti­ate the free Wi-Fi ser­vices in the coun­try has been sub­mit­ted to the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (MoIC) and of­fi­cials are work­ing on it, ac­cord­ing to the for­eign min­is­ter and Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa spokesper­son, Dr Tandi Dorji.

With the ob­jec­tive of nar­row­ing the gap, DNT had promised to es­tab­lish free Wi-Fi ac­cess points and al­low free host­ing of lo­cal con­tent dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign. The gov­ern­ment had pledged to nar­row the dig­i­tal di­vide by en­abling com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ac­cess­ing on­line in­for­ma­tion.

Ly­onpo Dr Tandi Dorji said that the gov­ern­ment’s pledges are not dif­fi­cult to im­ple­ment but to pro­vide free Wi-Fi would re­quire a lit­tle more time and the Cab­i­net has al­ready dis­cussed on this pro­posal.

Mean­while Ly­onch­hen Dr Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing at Meet the PM yes­ter­day said that all the pledges are aligned with the in­di­vid­ual min­istries. “We will see all the pos­si­ble ways to im­ple­ment them as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Ly­onch­hen also added that the 12th Year Plan ap­proved by the Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness Com­mis­sion on Thurs­day in­cludes all the pledges.

“Es­tab­lish­ment of free Wi-Fi had been as­signed and peo­ple have started work­ing on it,” said Ly­onch­hen.

How­ever, the Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Tele­com Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Jigme Thin­ley Nam­gyal, said that the depart­ment has not re­ceived any pro­posal from the Cab­i­net.

DNT in­cluded free ac­cess, 24/7, to all on­line data within the coun­try – BBS, on­line shop­ping, web­sites brows­ing and doc­u­ment down­load­ing

– by in­stalling in­tranet tech­nol­ogy in its 25 pledges to be com­pleted in 120 days.

The DNT pledge stated that DNT will al­low free ac­cess to all in-coun­try on­line con­tent in­clud­ing pub­lic ser­vices, en­ter­tain­ment and other mul­ti­me­dia by es­tab­lish­ing free Wi-Fi ser­vice. It men­tioned that free Wi-Fi will make in-coun­try data freely avail­able within the coun­try which will pro­mote on­line ser­vices of any type within the coun­try and also help gen­er­ate lo­cal con­tent and ser­vices.

It also men­tioned that net­work can ac­tu­ally boost on­line pub­lic ser­vices like G2C, B2B and B2C, mak­ing the sys­tems more ef­fi­cient and easy for cit­i­zens.

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