2. MISSION AND OBJECTIVES OF ISPAB
To Promote Broadband Internet for All.
• To develop & establish a secure & robust infrastructure for internet penetration.
• To promote Rural Broadband by providing reliable and affordable broadband access to rural and remote areas through a combination of
• To collaborate and associate with related National and International Organizations for update on latest technologies.
• Arranging training, awareness programs, exhibition & conference visits for ISPAB members, partially funded by Government and Development
• To achieve broadband penetration of 40% by 2020
3. MEMBERS OF ISPAB
Types of ISP Number of ISP Members of ISPAB
Nationwide ISP 117 77
Central Zone ISP 73 11
Zonal ISP 57 09
7. HYPE VERSUS REALITY
Industry BW Total Users(m)
Telco’s 135 Gbps 71.883
ISP’s 385 Gbps 5.259
Total 520 Gbps 77.142
Visible ASNs: Customer Populations (Est.)
Industry Total Users
8. WHY BROADBAND?
The World Bank used a cross sectional analysis to examine the impact of various ICTs including fixed broadband on
GDP growth during the period 1980-2006 for 120 developing and developed countries. The study concludes that ‘a
10 percentage point increase in fixed broadband penetration would increase GDP growth by 1.21% in developed
economies and 1.38% in developing ones’.
In contrast, Thomas and Garbacz (2011), assert that ‘every 10 percentage point increase in mobile broadband
household penetration reduces GDP per household by 0.52’.
The study concludes that this result could be due to nonproductive applications of mobile broadband technology
where it might be an uneconomic substitute or complement to existing
Another truth has been accepted worldwide –
‘each 1000 fixed-broadband connection creates 8 new jobs’.
Mobile Internet Broadband
GDP growth impact
Per 10 Percentage Point Increase
9. NEED FOR A BROADBAND NETWORK
• Land Records
• Birth/Death Certificates
• NID based services
• Online medical consultations
• Medical records
• Quality education
• Digital literacy
• Availability of Internet
services to villages
• Delivery of Internet by
Common Service Centres
• Rural banking through
online transactions and
• Online purchases and
transactions for bill
payments, tickets etc.
• Large scale employment
generation through operation
and maintenance activities, BPO
services, rural entrepreneurship
12. INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES FOR NBP
Name of Country Brief of National Broadband Plan
Australia • Government investment of USD 38 billion in National Broadband Network
• 90% of population shall be provided broadband access at 100 Mbps speed
with fiber based network.
Singapore • Next Generation Broadband Plan (NGBP) started in 2006 with Government
• Open Access Wholesale to 95% population by 2012 with initial speed 100
Mbps rising to 1 Gbps using FTTH network.
Malaysia • High speed broadband network to connect 1.3 million homes in major cities on
FTTH/FTTC network by 2012.
• Government to invest USD 0.7 billion out of total cost 3.2 billion USD.
• Government to invest additional USD 250 million in rural areas.
13. INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES FOR NBP
EU EC proposes USD 12B for Broadband Investment to achieve Digital Agenda for
Europe to get Broadband for All by 2020
Sweden • Local municipals to invest more than 180 million USD to deploy 1.2 million km
of fiber in and around Stockholm.
• Government invested 1.6 billion USD for development of NGA (FTTP) in rural
areas (1/3rd of UK).
• Aim is to bring the superfast broadband (100Mbps) to 90% of population by
2014 and to “All” by 2015.
• Private investment is expected to cover 70% (3.5B USD) of optical fiber cost by
United States • There is a National Broadband Plan to provide the nationwide broadband
including rural areas.
• Government to provide USD 11.6 billion under various broadband programs.
• Further USD 2.5 billion is made available for grants loan and loan guarantees.
14. CHALLENGES OF BROADBAND SECTOR OF BANGLADESH
New ISP Guideline
ILDTS Policy : 4 layers
Infrastructure Sharing Guideline of 2008
Local Content: Lack of locally relevant content
Price: Price for Broadband access at rural area.
Cost of connectivity: High costs of transmission; Absence of National Broadband Network
Fiscal policies: High taxes and duties, and lack of fiscal incentives for faster Broadband growth.
Illegal ISPs: 4500+
We recommend the following actions to be taken to ensure higher broadband penetration in Bangladesh:
Omit the IIG from the value chain.
Declare blanket tax holiday for internet related services.
Fix ceiling and floor price for NTTN service.
Award more NTTN licenses to keep the market competitive.
Disallow companies to get to multiple license within the value chain.
Keep the government-built transmission network free to use for licensed ISP.
Deploy more government investment in nationwide fiber optics backbone infrastructure.
Shutdown all Illegal ISPs
Available data, studies, researches and practical outcomes suggest Broadband is the most appropriate sector that
needed to be addressed with highest priority to ensure sustainable economic growth both in developed and
While a 10 percentage point increase in fixed-broadband penetration boosts GDP growth by 1.38%, same amount
of increase in mobile-broadband decrees GDP by .52% per household. These findings are not at all surprizing,
given the extravagant usage of mobile broadband in comparatively non-productive activities like social-networking,
video-streaming or instant messaging. At the same time, a significant portion of fixed-broadband traffic is dedicated
in economically fruitful activities like Ecommerce, Banking, Email Correspondences or cloud storage.
Even the current state of Fixed-Broadband in Bangladesh has it’s own significance too - despite of visible gap
between the number of mobile and fixed broadband users per available data, APNIC recognises an almost 50/50
balance between Telco & ISP users in Bangladesh.
Whereas, each thousand fixed-broadband creates 8 new jobs, ensuring broadband connections for more than 32
million households, with virtually equal male/female ratio, means creating 256 thousand employment opportunities
To reach near to this target, we, as a country like Bangladesh, should follow the development initiatives taken by
countries like Singapore or Malaysia.