Weeks after signing of an agreement by New Delhi and Dhaka on telecommunication links, BSNL on Saturday announced that work will start next week to operationalise the system. Also Read - BSNL launches new limited time Rs 45 FRC: Here's how it compares with Airtel, Jio, Vi
“Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is likely to start work next week to link Akhaura with International Gateway for Internet Service (IGIS) at Cox’s Bazar (in southeast Bangladesh),” BSNL’s chief general manager (NE one circle) D. P. Singh told reporters. Also Read - Top 5 news from the world of technology: OnePlus Nord 2 specs, Mi 11 Ultra sale and more
In the presence of visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, an agreement was signed in Dhaka on June 6 between Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited for leasing of international bandwidth for Internet at Akhaura. Also Read - BSNL Rs 75, Rs 94, and Rs 447 prepaid plans launched: Check data, validity, other benefits
“After the establishment of the optical fiber cable (OFC) link between Akhaura along Agartala and Cox’s Bazar, there would not only be a sea change in the Internet and telecommunication connectivity in northeast India, but the rest of the country would also be benefited by getting additional internet bandwidth,” D.P. Singh said.
The official also said that the Indian government would spend Rs 19.14 crore to create the infrastructure, including laying of OFC to avail the 10G bandwidth from BSCCL. “India had to give around Rs 8 crore per year to BSCCL to avail the telecommunication linkages,” Singh said.
“After more than four years of diplomatic and political parleys, the deal was signed between BSCCL and BSNL,” the BSNL official added.