State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is going to sign a deal with Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company this month to export 10 gigabits per second bandwidth to Tripura. Bangladesh Submarine Cable team will visit India to sign the deal tentatively on January 27.
“BSNL will purchase 10 Gbps initially and will increase the amount gradually,” said Monwar Hossain, managing director of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company, a state-owned entity. A 22-kilometre optical fibre cable link from Brahmanbaria to Akhaura boarder will be developed in four months to transport the bandwidth.
“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.
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. According to reports, 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. India also exports bandwidth through terrestrial cables to Bangladesh.