Hasina, Modi to inaugurate Bandwidth export

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will officially inaugurate bandwidth export to India through a video conference on March 23. Although export of bandwidth began last month, the deal will take an official form through this inauguration. Previously, the state owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) had started importing 10GBps bandwidth from Bangladesh from February 8

After 8 long years of negotiation, Bangladesh officially started exporting bandwidth to India from February 8. The Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) is exporting bandwidth to seven eastern Indian states, as per agreement.

Managing Director of BSCCL Monowar Hossain has said that BSNL, one of the state owned telecommunications company of India, had started making payments for the 10GBps bandwidth service from February 8 after several rounds of verification.

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 8 as per agreement.

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.

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