Bangladesh is emerging as an important player in regional connectivity. Recently it has connected Northeast India to faster lane of Internet through a 10 Gbps international link of its submarine cable systems.
It has prompted the landlocked Bhutan to be in the cue. Currently a Bhutanese telecoms delegate is negotiating a 5 Gbps international internet bandwidth deal with their Bangladeshi counterpart. Terrestrial transit through India is critical for Bhutan to access the submarine cable facilities of Bangladesh, says a press report.
Meanwhile the Asian Development Bank is financing a multi-billion dollars railway project where Bangladesh will bridge India and Myanmar.
The ADB document said the project will connect Cox’s Bazar district for the first time to the national and sub-regional railway network, and support efficient development in the Dhaka-Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar-Myanmar border corridor through railway connectivity.
The project will improve connectivity towards Myanmar by intermodal facilities for passengers and freight transferring to road transport toward the Myanmar border.
The ADB said the project will be constructed on dual-gauge tracks to enable future direct connectivity toward western Bangladesh and India, where railways are constructed mostly in broad gauge, as well as toward north-eastern India and Southeast Asia, where railways are mostly constructed in metre gauge.