Bangladesh is going to be connected with a second submarine cable today that will provide another 1,500 gbps bandwidth to the country.
The inauguration of the second submarine cable will be held in line with the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium’s move to launch its global operation on the same day.
The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5), a consortium of 15 leading telecom operators from 17 countries, would announce its operation at a ceremony in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Bangladesh joined the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium in March 2014 spending Tk 660 crore.
Of the total cost, the government has provided Tk 166 crore while BSCCL has contributed Tk 142 crore and the remaining fund was borrowed from Islamic Development Bank.
State-owned Bangladesh Telecommunications Company is establishing the connectivity from Kuakata to Dhaka and they awarded the work order to another state owned company Telephone Shilpa Sangstha Ltd (TSS) in December.
TSS then engaged a subcontractor, an Indian company, Tejas Networks.
Although inauguration of the second cable connection is scheduled to be held today despite the fact that the backhaul connectivity is yet to be ready, it will take more time to establish connection between Kuakata and Dhaka.
As the connection is yet to be established, the international bandwidth will remain unused at the landing station.
On March 7, 2014, Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited signed the deal with SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium to build a state-of-the-art undersea cable, whose span will be approximately 20,000 kilometers, connecting 17 countries.
The cable has connected Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Djibuti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Turkey and France via 19 landing points.
Initially, the lifespan of the cable is set at 20 years but it could be extended by five years.
Apart from the BSCCL, the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium includes China Mobile International Limited (CMI), China Telecommunications Global Limited (CTG), China United Network Communications Group Company Limited (CU), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (Du), Orange, Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Telecom Italia Sparkle (TIS), TOT Public Company Limited, and Yemen International Telecommunications Co. (TeleYemen).
In 2006, the country was first connected with submarine cable.
At present, India has eight submarine cable connections, while Pakistan four and Sri Lanka three connections.
Currently, country’s total bandwidth consumption is around 400 Gbps and of it 280 Gbps is imported from Indian’s two companies.