Cox’s Bazar to become digital surfing city

The sea beach town Cox’s Bazar is going to be a lot more fun for tourists soon!

The government plans to transform the place into what it dubs a “digital surfing city” featuring a surfing institute and advanced high-speed internet facility.

Under a private-public partnership initiative, Bangladesh Computer Council, the ICT Division and Airtel Bangladesh Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday to build the surfing institute and an ICT club and provide Wi-Fi hotspot across the town.

The project has been taken as part of the government’s vision to build a digital country.

The tourism city will be branded through radio, television, newspaper, social communication tools and a website.

Digital connectivity is expected to improve the lifestyle of the city dwellers and also support the local and foreign tourists travelling to the city.

Both the residents of and the visitors to the “smart surfing city” will be able to enjoy faster browsing experience at their convenience from any device on the go or from their computers.

Bangladesh Computer Council Executive Director SM Ashraful Islam and Airtel’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Ashraful Haque Chowdhury signed the MoU on behalf of their organisations.

State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, ICT Division Secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder, Airtel Managing Director and CEO PD Sarma, Chief Technical Officer Sandipan Chakraborty and Chief Service Officer Rubaba Dowla were present at the signing ceremony.

In recent years, Cox’s Bazar has made steady progress to become a surfing destination for many a surfer – both local and international.

Many tourists and surfers visit Cox’s Bazar to see the world’s longest unbroken sandy beach and to challenge the white waves.

Officials expect that the initiative will redefine Cox’s Bazar and create greater attraction among surfers and tourists.

“This is a path breaking and extremely innovative initiative under PPP programme and I am glad to have Airtel Bangladesh as our partner to establish Cox’s Bazar as an eco-friendly digital surfing city of tomorrow,” said Zunaid Ahmed Palak.

Airtel CEO PD Sarma said: “Connectivity and digitisation are basic necessities in the 21st century. Through innovation and technology the world is coming closer. I am humbled to be a part of this initiative that I believe will not only connect Cox’s Bazar to the rest of the world but will also enhance the lifestyle of its residents.”