DHAKA : After missing several deadlines, the much-talked about bandwidth export to India would now begin in New Year, although Bangladesh is set to start the process now, reports BSS.
Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), which is responsible for managing bandwidth for the country, started trial transmission of bandwidth from the first week of December through Akhaura-Agartala frontier.
Talking to BSS, BSCCL Managing Director Monwar Hossain yesterday said: “We have been running 200 mbps bandwidth transmission on trial basis overcoming all the technical glitches.”
“We are expecting to start the export officially in the first week of January, as both countries have showed interest for launching the process in presence of the ministers,” said Monwar Hossain while explaining the reason behind the delay in transmission.
Officials familiar with the process said the bandwidth export was delayed as India failed to complete its preparation on time.
They said both the countries established linkage on November 16 as optical fibre of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) was connected with its counterpart in India at zero point on the Akhaura-Agartala border. But, the trial transmission was delayed as India failed to complete its preparation to receive the bandwidth on time.
During Indian Prime Minister Norendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh, the state-owned BSCCL struck a deal with Indian state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for exporting bandwidth.
According to the agreement, BSNL would import 10 gbps bandwidth for Tripura state from September this year, but the export had been fixed one month ahead in August. Later, the deadline was missed due to incomplete preparation, especially from Indian side.
The payment would have to be made at the beginning of each quarter and Bangladesh will earn Taka 9.6 crore a year by exporting bandwidth to India.
The deal is for a year and it can be extended for two more years, said BSCCL officials. They also informed that bandwidth price will be reviewed after a year.
Meanwhile, two more Indian states- Assam and Meghalaya, have shown interest in importing bandwidth from Bangladesh.
The BSCCL, which manages the country’s lone submarine cable having over 200 gbps bandwidth, has the capacity to export bandwidth up to 50 gbps after meeting domestic demand. Now, Bangladesh is consuming only 33 per cent of the total bandwidth. The country’s demand for bandwidth may reach 210 gbps by 2021.
Besides, Bangladesh will be connected with second undersea cable by 2016 to get another 1400 gbps bandwidth.
Since the lifetime of Bangladesh’s submarine cable will end within the next 12 years, there is no other alternative to exporting bandwidth.