Celebrating World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (17th May, 2018)

Celebrating World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (17th May, 2018)

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) joins rest of the world in celebrating “World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD)” 2018.
This year the theme of the celebration is “Enabling the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for all”. In recent years there has been significant progress in AI technology in rest of the world, made possible by tremendous advances in contributing fields, such as Big Data, machine learning, computing power, storage capacity and cloud computing, among others. AI-based technologies are already emerging as a key component of proactive tools and applications being used to help people lead better lives by improving healthcare, education, finance, agriculture, transportation, and a wide range of other services.

Bhutan as member of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has been celebrating WTISD every year on 17th of May to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as bridge the digital divide. Towards fulfillment of these, following are some of the initiatives spearheaded by the Government in collaboration with stakeholders:
-Connected all 20 Dzongkhags and 201 Gewogs with high-speed fiber optics network. The Telecommunication and Internet Service providers use these fiber optics network to provide
their voice (both fixed and mobile) and data services. The penetration/coverage of voice is 93.7% and Internet 90.5% as of December 2017
-Established GovNet connecting all government agencies in Thimphu with rest of the Dzongkhags with high-speed network
-Established Government Data Centre (GDC) that hosts government services centrally to reduce duplication of effort and resources; and improve service delivery and efficiency through
effective use of ICT
-Established Community Centres (CCs) in 200 gewogs and operators trained to reduce turnaround time in public service delivery
-Established Druk Research & Education Network (DrukREN) that connects RUB institutes and 10 hospitals/BHUs with high-speed fiber network
- Bhutanese Space Engineers in Japan have designed, built and tested Bhutan’s first Cubesat and transported the Cubesat to Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA) for launch
-Feasibility study conducted for the establishment of South Asia Satellite ground segment including identification of site with assistance from ISRO.
-Successful commissioning of VSAT terminals in Lingzhi, Naro and Soe Gewog to provide internet and BBS channels through South Asia Satellite.
-Reception of BBS channels (BBS 1 and BBS 2) in Lokchina, Serthi, Lauri and Norbugang through South Asia Satellite commissioned.
-Setup Bhutan Computer Incident Response Team (BtCIRT) to assist the country in safeguarding critical national ICT assets.
-Developed a standard GovCMS and a centralised distribution platform to host 20 dzongkhags’ and 4 thromdes’ websites at the GDC
-Established e-payment gateway in collaboration with Royal Monetary Authority and the banks to foster online payments/transactions
-Conducted college-level and national Startup weekends to promote innovation and entrepreneurship
-Conducted awareness programs on ICTs
-Promotion of FDI investment in Bhutan
-Promotion and encouragement of innovation in mobile apps development in colleges