Tripura will be gateway for reliable and super-fast Internet facility as Bangladesh government has agreed to allow India to use unspent bandwidth in the neighboring country’s Cox Bazar, a BSNL official said. Also Read - BSNL launches new limited time Rs 45 FRC: Here's how it compares with Airtel, Jio, Vi
“An agreement of using unspent bandwidth available at Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar has been signed recently. The BSNL has taken initiative to implement the ambitious plan at the earliest,” Chief General Manager (NE-circle) of BSNL, D P Singh said. Also Read - Top 5 news from the world of technology: OnePlus Nord 2 specs, Mi 11 Ultra sale and more
As per the agreement, Bangladesh government would allow the BSNL to use 10 GB Internet connectivity which could bring a revolution not only in the northeast but also some mainland states, he said. The BSNL will have to pay Rs 7.2 crore annually to Bangladesh for using submarine cable laid at Cox Bazar. Also Read - BSNL Rs 75, Rs 94, and Rs 447 prepaid plans launched: Check data, validity, other benefits
To carry forward the plan, Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is scheduled to arrive here in the next couple of days, Singh said.
“After a hectic persuasion spanning over 4 years, an agreement was signed with Dhaka during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh on June 5. We would now lay the optical fiber cable network from Agartala to the Integrated Check Post at Akhaura in the Indo-Bangla international border to connect Cox Bazar’s submarine bandwidth,” he said.
“If everything falls in right place, the proposed OFC network connecting Agartala with Cox Bazar would be completed by next three to four months. Once, the network is linked, Internet facility will be at par with the other mainland states like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai,” he said.
“Once the alternative line is put in place, connectivity here would be as good as Delhi or Mumbai,” Singh said.
On the improvement in network, he said BSNL had planned to use transmission line of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) to provide a better telecom service to the NE region. Besides, similar kind of network could be set up by using Tripura State Electrical Company Ltd’s existing higher power transmission line.
To strengthen Broadband service, a new plan-hotspot had already been introduced and as many as 173 hotspots would be installed in the NE to provide service to subscribers, he said. Singh, who had a meeting with Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on BSNL’s activities in Tripura today, also clarified doubts over mobile towers on radiation affect.
“There is a conception that mobile towers emit radiation which could be harmful for human body but it’s not true at all. A separate wing – Term Cell functioning under Telecom Ministry is entrusted with the task to monitor radiation affect by mobile towers,” he said.