GrameenPhone (GP), Bangladesh, has launched a pilot project titled 'Community Information Centre' (CIC) through its nationwide EDGE (enhanced data rates for global evolution) connectivity to provide Internet access and other communications services to the rural people.
Stein Naevdal, director of IT Division of GP, further said members of the public will have access to some services such as Internet, voice communications and a number of other information based services from these centers. The CICs also help rural people to stay in touch with their friends and relatives at home and abroad using emails, fax and instant messaging. A CIC is equipped with a computer, a printer, a scanner, a web and EDGE modem. ICT related and value-added services of GP are also dispensed at such a centre to make the enterprise financially viable. These centres also provide passport forms, birth and death certificates forms, market prices of agricultural products through government website to the customers. Meanwhile, GP has put in its efforts to build on a nationwide EDGE coverage, which is an advanced mobile technology that enables high-speed mobile Internet and data services.