Deal with India on bandwidth export ‘Monday’

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Bangladesh is likely to sign a deal regarding export of internet bandwidth to the Seven Sisters in India on Monday, authorities have hinted.

“A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) might be inked tomorrow,” Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) Managing Director Monowar Hossain said.

“We have already forwarded them a draft of the deal,” he added.

Earlier this week A ten-member Indian delegation met with the officials of ministry of post and telecommunications this week, and placed their proposal for the bandwidth and other issues.

BSNL Chief General Manager DP Singh said they initially sought 10Gbps bandwidth from Bangladesh. “We will consider further import if necessary.”

India mainly imports bandwidth for the landlocked Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal states to boost internet connectivity.

Currently, the BSCCL has the bandwidth capacity of 200 GBPS through the submarine cable SEA-ME-WE 4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe) while the country is using nearly 42 GBPS for data and voice services only.

Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar are also holding consultations with the government recently to get bandwidth from Bangladesh.

Souce: Dhaka Tribune

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