From last January through this August, the number of internet users in the country has increased by one crore, and internet usage has also doubled.
At present, the internet usage in the country has reached 2,100 gigabits per second (Gbps), said Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
Speaking at a programme organised at the health ministry to receive the Taiwan External Trade Development Centre's ventilators, masks and face shields in collaboration with Walton, Jabbar said that the number of Internet users in the country in 2008 was around eight lakh.
At that time, eight Gbps internet was used.
Last January, the number of net users was nine crore and the internet usage was 1,000 Gbps.
Mustafa Jabbar said, in the Covid-19 pandemic, even primary school students in remote rural areas now need high-speed internet to take part in virtual classes.
"The speed of the internet has decreased due to the increase in the number of users. Necessary steps are being taken to overcome this problem," he added.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said that Walton has been cooperating with the government during the novel coronavirus epidemic.
"It will be easier for the authorities to provide healthcare to the common people if the other big industrial establishments of the country also come forward," he added.
At the event, Health Minister Zahid Maleque was handed over two sets of ventilators and around 1.25 lakh masks of various types, face shields, personal protective equipment (PPE) and protective goggles by the officials of the Taiwan External Trade Development Centre in Dhaka.
Commerce Secretary Dr Md Zafar Uddin, Health Services Division Secretary Abdul Mannan, Posts and Telecommunications Secretary Md Nur-Ur-Rahman, Executive Director of Walton and Chief Engineer of the Computer Department Liaquat Ali were present on the occasion.