The much-awaited dot bangla (.bangla) domain was unlocked for the people on Saturday as prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated it at a function.
The prime minister opened the dot bangla (.bangla) internet domain at a ceremony at Ganabhaban in the city in the noon.
State minister for posts and telecommunications Tarana Halim spoke at the function, while information minister Hasanul Haque Inu, expatriates welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam, shipping minister Shajahan Khan, railways minister Mazibul Haque and prime minister's advisers HT
Imam and Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury were present.
PM's principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury moderated the programme.
State-owned Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited, the assigned organization to handle the domain, has completed preparations to start distribution of dot bangla domain among the users after it has been officially allotted to Bangladesh on October 4 after a long process.
After getting the right, Tarana Halim had said that they want to unlock it for the people in the month of victory, as the country attained independence on December 16.
Officials said the BTCL would call for application for the domain. They said customer could complete all procedures for .bangla through online while registration fee would be received using state-owned mobile phone operator Teletalk.
The International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers has officially allotted the dot bangla (.bangla) internet domain to Bangladesh.
The ICANN sent a letter to the ministry of posts, telecommunications and information technology informing the decision on October 4.
Indian state of West Bengal and Sierra Leone, one of whose official languages is Bangla, had also applied for the internationalized domain name label-dot bangla.
Earlier, ICANN-approved another domain label for Bangladesh as dot bd or .bd. From now on, .bangla is Bangladesh's own Unicode domain label.
It is the second country code top-level domain (TLD) for Bangla websites.
According to the BTCL, total registered users of .bd have reached 36,500.
Domain names, such as 'bssnews.net', were originally designed only to support ASCII characters. In 2003, a specification was released that allows most Unicode characters to be used in domain names. IDNs are supported by all modern browsers and email programmes, so people can use links in their native languages.
Therefore, users can go to the BTCL website (www.btcl.com.bd) by typing btcl.bangla in Bangla fonts in the browser.
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