Installation of Bijoy keyboard software in all android phones is not mandatory, Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar said on Wednesday.
Amid criticism over the issue, the minister clarified this while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the Deputy Commissioners Conference 2023 at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium, reports UNB.
"I have an explanation that Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has used a word - 'Mandatory'. This term is misleading," he said.
One can install, uninstall, remove and reinstall any software in any android phone. So there is no need to use the word 'mandatory', he said.
Jabbar said: "What we said is that the mobile phone set manufacturers or importers will provide software to facilitate Bangla writing. Whether a user uses the software or not is entirely up to him/her."
Regarding the internet service, he said the 4G service has been provided in more than 98 per cent areas of the country. "Now we are working with 5G which is 10 times more powerful than 4G."
Besides, there are more than 100 million mobile internet subscribers and some fixed internet subscribers too, he said. "We should give more importance to mobile internet."
However, he said, it has not been possible to install network towers in different parts of the country as some people are spreading propaganda that the towers emit radiation.
"We have tested and found that these are propaganda. People should not obstruct the installation work of towers," said the minister.
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