BRACNet is Bangladesh’s premier Internet Service Provider (ISP), established in 1996 as BRAC’s IT/ISP wing, it later formed a Joint Venture company with US investors gNet/DEFTA Partners in 2005. By the end of 2009, BRACNet expanded its broadband internet and intranet (data) services to 58 out of 64 districts of the country. At present, BRACNet’s services cover all the 64 districts of Bangladesh.
Attracted by its pioneering social business model and by the potential to replicate it around the globe, KDDI – the second largest cellular operator and Wireless ISP in Japan, entered into a partnership with BRACNet having 50% stake in the company. This investment marks the beginning of a strategic partnership between KDDI and BRACNet to cooperate in the promotion of new technologies and initiatives in Bangladesh. The synergies between KDDI’s technological prowess and vast business experience in ICT and BRACNet’s reach at the grassroots level will enable the creation of a truly effective and sustainable internet broadband environment and social infrastructure across the nation.
BRACNet has built its nationwide network utilizing its licensed spectrum at 3.5GHz from BTRC. Its network today is based on WiMax and fiber optics technology to serve hundreds of large corporations and thousands of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and Educational institutions throughout the country. It serves tens of thousands of residential customers directly or indirectly (through resellers) and numerous rural people through its cybercafé franchise, called e-hut. For the first time in Bangladesh, the perennially underprivileged can now avail the various services available online to improve their quality of life.
To deliver a total solution to this varied need, BRACNet now offers a diversified portfolio of services to best mach of diversified client base. It offers computing hardware from Dell, IBM and Lenovo and is a country distributor for Intel’s Classmate PC for students. It offers managed services system integration, connectivity and Data Center/Disaster Recovery site solutions.