Steeped in tradition and culture, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is cautious about engaging new technologies – it wants to ensure the unique Bhutanese way of life is preserved. But modern technologies are now finding their place alongside centuries old traditions.
Bhutan was one of the last Asian countries to connect to the Internet. In June 1999, the kingdom’s first Internet Service Provider was started. It was called DrukNet. We visit Bhutan Telecom which operates the service to find out how wiring the country has begun to change how the Bhutanese people communicate and relate to the outside world.
Issues: Internet connectivity, delivering distance learning, bandwidth constraints, telecommunications development
Locations: Thimphu and Samtse, Bhutan
Year of filming: 2005
Filmed by: Moji Riba
For more information: www.druknet.bt, www.education.gov.bt
Bhutan country profiles at:
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