In another major attempt to connect North-Eastern states to the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate broadband connectivity in the region which would deliver bandwidth of 10 Gbps, extendable up to 40 Gbps. An international gateway for broadband connectivity via Bangladesh will be set up at Agartala under an agreement between state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL).
An agreement was signed between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka on 6 June 2015 in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today inaugurate broadband connectivity to North-East states via Bangladesh to strengthen telecom services in the region,” official release said.
Prior to this, telecom connectivity to north-eastern states was provided from Chennai via Kolkata. With the completion of this new international link, the connectivity will be provided from Bangladesh to Agartala through Akhaura.
The new link is a much shorter route cable from international bandwidth cable present at Cox Bazar cable landing station in Bangladesh to Agartala. The connectivity was laid by BSCCL on Bagladesh’s side while BSNL has done its part in Indian side.
As reported, the total cost of this project is around Rs 19.1 crores and state-run BSNL will bear annual operational expenditure of around Rs 7 crores. BSNL will manage expenses from its own resources.