An op-ed written by Harsha de Silva, LIRNEasia’s consultant lead economist, has been published in the Daily Star in Bangladesh. Harsha emphasizes the need to ensure that an environment is created to encourage investment by the private sector to build on the success of delivering voice connectivity on wireless to take broadband to the people of Bangladesh.
Digital Bangladesh is the centerpiece of the government’s ICT policy. Therefore, the government must consider the evidence, in both Bangladesh and in fast-developing Asia, on what infrastructure is likely to make Digital Bangladesh possible. Will Digital Bangladesh become a reality on wireless network platforms operated by well capitalised and managed mobile operators, or on some government-managed wireguide-based platform? Also considered must be the evidence building up on the use of mobile applications on inexpensive phones as well as the explosion of smart phones that have as much computing power as desktop machines a few years back.
This mirrors a response I gave yesterday when speaking at an innovation event in Helsinki. The best way to advance innovation in the ICT space is improve the investment environment and free up spectrum.