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20 January 2015

Exclusive: BSNL to purchase bandwidth from Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is going to sign a deal with Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company to export 10 Gigabits per second (10Gbps) bandwidth to Tripura. Bangladesh Submarine Cable team will visit India to sign the deal with BSNL authorities.


The agreement was supposed to sign on 27 January 2015. “BSNL will purchase 10 Gbps initially and will increase the amount gradually,” said Shri. Monwar Hossain, Managing Director of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company.

“We will rent the link to be developed by a firm suggested by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission,” said Hossain.

Meghalaya and Assam also expressed their interest to have such facility from Bangladesh, he said. “We hope to export at least 100 GB bandwidth to the northeastern states of India in future,” he said.

A 22 kilometre optical fibre cable link from Brahmanbaria to Akhaura boarder will be developed in four months to transport the bandwidth.

The deal was supposed to be signed in the middle of last year but it was postponed then as BSNL wanted tele-transit through Bangladesh instead of purchasing bandwidth. Bangladesh is the best option for the north-eastern states of India to purchase bandwidth from - at a cheap rate compared with other parts of India due to distance.

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