Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL) inaugurated its second undersea cable connection from Turkey to Kuakata in the country on Tuesday.
But its back link connectivity from Kuakata, the landing station, to main land is yet to be established.
“We are working hard to connect the second submarine cable from landing station to Dhaka. We can’t mention exact day when it would be possible to finish the work. But our work is close to end,” said Mir Mohammed Morshed, director (PR) at Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited (BTCL).
BSCCL managing director Monwar Hossain, now in Turkey to attend a management meeting of the consortium, launched the submarine cable sending a data traffic to Bangladesh using the newly established cable.
According to the agreement with Turkey, the lifespan of the cable will be 20 years while Bangladesh can extend it for five years more.
As the back link connectivity is not ready yet, internet users will not be able to get its benefit.
Sumon Ahmed Sabir, chief strategy officer of [email protected]
, Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Network (NTTN) licence holder, told the Dhaka Tribune that they were trying to finish the connectivity network establishment work “as early as possible.” “It needs maximum one month to complete the whole task,” he said.
Now BSCCL has 200 Gbps of bandwidth in its first connection – SEA-ME-WE 4.
Bangladesh has spent Tk660 crore to be connected with second submarine cable SEA-ME-WE 5. It joined this consortium in March 2014. Currently, Bangladesh consumes nearly 400Gbps.
Bangladesh also imports 280Gbps from India. Besides, BSCCL earns Tk9.6 crore a year exporting 10Gbps bandwidth to Indian state of Tripura, which began in 2016.
As per the agreement, India can increase bandwidth import to Bangladesh to 40Gbps. Bangladesh first got connected with submarine cable in 2006.
The country got its first submarine cable connection — SEA-ME-WE-4 in 2006. SEA-ME- WE-4 has already passed more than half of its lifespan and that is why Bangladesh needs to be connected with another cable before 2025.
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.