Bangladesh is a big country and a coastal country. Yet it was very late in getting connected to a cable. SEA-ME-WE 4 became operational only in 2006. Then it was the largest country without redundancy,having to rely on SEA-ME-WE 4 even to communicate with India, the country that surrounds it. Now all that is over. It not only has a terrestrial cable as back up; it is poised to make money as a transit provider. Good progress, Bangladesh.
“A back-up of the lone submarine cable is very urgent for the country’s call centres,” said Zia Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.
The ITCs will also create competition for bandwidth prices in Bangladesh, Ahmed added.
The regulator has recently allowed the ITC companies to export bandwidth to neighbouring countries such as India, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar, said another BTRC official.
In April, the Indian government asked Bangladesh for ‘virtual transit’ so that it can connect Tripura with Paschimbanga and Chennai with cables and provide new voice and internet service routes.