Bandwidth export to India gets underway


After 8 long years of negotiation, Bangladesh has officially started exporting bandwidth to India. The Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) is exporting bandwidth to the eastern Indian state of Tripura, as per agreement.

Managing Director of BSCCL Monowar Hossain has said that BSNL, one of the state owned telecommunications company of India, has started making payments for the 10Gbps bandwidth service from Monday after several rounds of verification. The BSCCL has received an email from BSNL on Tuesday confirming that there are no problems with bandwidth speed.

Monowar Hossain also said that for the last 7-8 years they have been trying to export unused bandwidth and with this initiative the process has been formalized.

BSCCL initially started off with 200Mbps bandwidth service on February 1. The bandwidth was increased a few days later on test basis. The bandwidth has been set at 10Gbps from February 7 as per agreement.

Monowar Hossain has said that all the state policy makers were officially notified of the agreement. Official declaration will come in a few days. Telecommunication Ministers of both countries can then officially launch the service through video calling.

The BSCCL is expected to make USD 1.2 million annually from the deal. At the current exchange rate, this sum amounts to BDT 9.42 crores. India’s profit from the agreement will total INR 20 crores.

Bangladesh signed the bandwidth export agreement with India last June. Under the 3-year agreement, BSCCL will initially provide bandwidth up to 10Gbps which can be raised to 40Gbps.

After the deal was finalized, a connectivity program has been initiated in Agartala from July 10, 2015. Optical fibre cables from Agartala will be connected through Bangladesh’s 10GB bandwidth network with Akhaura. This network will bypass Dhaka and connect with Cox’s Bazar’s submarine telecom cable.