Mobile phone operator Robi Axiata Ltd organized the ‘Robi 3.5G Internet Mela’ at VictoriaCollege in the Sadar upazila of Comilla district on Thursday.
Robi, in partnership with multiple government ministries, launched the ‘3.5G Internet Mela’ on November 16, 2013 from the Tongi Govt. College of Tongi upazila in Gazipur.
The 3.5G Internet Mela, the first private-public partnership (PPP) initiative of its kind, with support from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MoICT), the Ministry of Information and the Ministry of Health & Family Planning, will be cover 500 colleges in 429 thanas across Bangladesh.
The objective of the internet fair is to build awareness on internet services among the community and help transform the country into a knowledge-based economy. It hoped that the Robi 3.5G Internet Mela will help enhance ICT literacy among students by providing internet accessibility and availability and promote the internet as a tool to gather knowledge as well as encourage the culture of learning through the Internet.
The Robi 3.5G Internet Melas will be held at each of the 500 college fields, featuring experience booths for visitors to experience the internet for themselves. Through this fair youth in every single thana of the country will be able to access the internet and experience the power of data connectivity.
Moreover, the mela will feature a health camp, where which visitors will receive a free health check-up, and a MoICT corner to showcase different landmark MoICT initiatives. The Robi 3.5G Internet Mela will also feature a ‘Teachers Parents Advocacy’ booth for students and teachers where they can be briefed on Robi products and services, and an HR Consultancy booth, run by Prothom Alo Jobs, at select locations to collect CVs from interested students and advise on how to apply for jobs.
During the inauguration of the Mela, Robi CMO, Mr. Pradeep Shrivastava said that the world was now a global village and that any kind of information was available at the end of a data connection. “The Robi 3.5G Internet Mela will drive the connectivity of our great country to the world and will in turn help to build a knowledge-based society,” he added.
Robi has recently launched 3.5G services commercially and is working to expand the network. As a thought leader Robi sees the 3.5G Internet Mela as a precursor in generating greater interest about the internet among the youth of this country.