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Infrastructure

The political commitment of the government to build an ICT-based society is good. Several ICT related laws have been passed in last couple of years which are essential to regulate this sector. The government has decided to build a tech park in Dhaka to facilitate the progress of ICT sector. But still there are many deficiencies in the regulatory framework and infrastructure development of ICT sector. Overcoming these deficiencies is the biggest challenge for implementing the vision of a 'Digital Bangladesh'.

Software & Outsourcing

The IT/ITes sector of Bangladesh has grown considerably in recent years. Today, it accounts for more than 1,500 registered IT/ITes service provider employing over 250,000 ICT professionals. The total IT/ITeS revenue generated by the country reached approximately US$600 million for the period 2013-2014 with export revenue accounting for US$250 million, including the freelance outsourcing segment. It is no surprise than, that global technology research house , Garner has include Bangladesh in top 30 outsourcing destination in 2015 Bangladesh is also processing in the A.T. Kearney Global Services Index, moving four positions up in the 2016 ranking . Bangladesh ranked 22nd in top 25 of the 2016 A.T. Kearney Global Service Index. Software leaders hoped that this industry will contribute 1 percent of GDP in coming years. Apps development also was most talked and inspiring among the youth. With the growth of smartphone market the mobile app development sector will grow phenomenally, as more subscribers will be downloading and using the apps on their phone.

e-Commerce / m-Commerce

In last five years, perhaps this sector has seen the most significant growth. 95% (estimated) annual growth in e-Commerce sector. There was a concern whether general people would find it appealing to buy online but the growth rate of ecommerce sites has diminished that concern. Toady e-Commerce sites are mushrooming to cater different aspects of individual needs. Today, it counts more than 1000+ e-commerce Shops are registered .On the other hand, m-Commerce or Mobile Commerce refers to wireless electronic commerce used for conducting commerce or business through a handy device like cellular phone or Personal Digital Assistant (PDAs). In other words it is the ability to conduct commerce using a mobile device, such as a mobile phone, a Personal digital assistant (PDA), a Smartphone, or other emerging mobile equipment such as dashpot mobile devices It is the next generation wireless e-commerce that needs no wire and plug-in devices. As of January 2016, 30 million 18.75% penetration in smart Smart-Phone user .In recent views 2000+ m-commerce organization are registered. The total number of Mobile Internet Subscribers has reached 62.968 million at the end of September, 2016. Mobile commerce is usually called as 'm-Commerce' in which user can do any sort of transaction including buying and selling of the goods, asking any services, transferring the ownership or rights, transacting and transferring the money by accessing wireless internet service on the mobile handset itself. In recent days monthly transection of m-commerce is over 1.4 billion. Marketers hope that by 2025, the number of online shoppers will be 34 million.

3G and Telco

The commercial operation of 3G mobile technology has been initiated. Following various steps that were undertaken in the telecommunication sector, the number of mobile users has increased to 11.90 crore and internet users to 6.64 crore. Also tele-density and internet density have increased respectively.