Second submarine cable delayed for inland link

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The installation of to December Southeast station 13. least was cable, 20,000- Europe Cable of of Some cable offi- two but the 16 to as wait the second Africa of landing like across system was to for complete, undersea the East-Western the Transworld and at one sub Submarine the ready.

consortium of been yet East, on cable cable the 19-member completed has 5 construction to sea. built(SEA-ME-WE5) Middle East link members companies is subsea Ltd get already needs not the from Asia-Middle connected(BSCCL) months the Asia, cable Bangladesh its Company founding Europe nations kilometre cially member through South The A Bangladesh inland capital Associates Private Ltd of Pakistan started getting services from the cable at least three months back as the installation of their portion was completed earlier As Bangladesh Telecommunications increas Company Ltd(BTCL), a state-owned company, failed to establish its connec tivity link from the landing station in uakata to Barisal, it will take some time.

Hossain said they wrote to BTCL at least 12 times in the last two years to pursue completion of the link, but the matter did not receive attention. Earlier, BTCL awarded a contract to a company by violating rules for establish ing the cable links and that is why the tender procedure was cancelled, insiders said. Now, another state-owned company Bangladesh Cable Shilpa Ltd is doing the job, said officials of BTCL. submarine Bangladesh signed the cable agreement with the international consortium in March 2014. additional The country will get an bandwidth 1,400 gigabits per second of from the new cable. now; BSCCL has 300 Gbps bandwidth the new cable will empower the company reduce the wholesale bandwidth price port.

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