8:52 am - Wednesday January 17, 2018

Bangladesh to export bandwidth to India from November

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State Minister for Post and Telecommunications, Tarana Halim said the export of internet bandwidth to India has been slightly delayed as Tripura could not set up cable connections in time.

Bangladesh will start exporting from November this year, she said on Tuesday while briefing media on the progress of her division’s projects in the last three months.

The export was scheduled to begin on India’s Independence Day on August 15.

“The Indian side could not finish the cable works in time. The export will start in November,” Tarana Halim said.

Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) Managing Director Monwar Hossain said Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) has set up the cables that will go to India.

Referring to the Indian officials, he said they would start work after the Durga Puja and the export would start in November then.

India’s Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and the BSCCL signed the deal for the export of bandwidth during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit this June.

The Cabinet approved the proposal to export unused bandwidth to India on April 20. The government said Bangladesh’s local demands would not face any crisis for the export.

Under the three-year deal, Bangladesh will supply 10 gigabyte per second (GBPS) bandwidth and earn $1.2 million every year.

Bangladesh can export as much as 40GBPS to India in accordance with the deal.

The submarine cables will be exported through Brahmanbarhia’s Akhaurha from the Cox’s Bazar landing station of Bangladesh. The lines will originate from Bangladesh’s only submarine cable SEA-ME-WE-4.

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