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210 more upazilas to come under fibre optic network coverage

  • Published at 08:57 am June 4th, 2013

Another 210 upazilas will get access to the country’s fibre optic network, as two Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Networks (NTTNs) struck a deal Monday with Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) to share its 3,800km fibre optic backbone.

[email protected] and Summit Communications Limited, the two companies who were given NTTN licenses in 2009 to develop, build, maintain and operate the countywide telecommunication network, would be able to share the PGCB backbone for 15 years according to the tripartite deal.

The agreement was signed at the PGCB office by: PGCB Company Secretary Md Ashraf Hossain, [email protected] Managing Director Moynul Haque Siddique and Summit Communication's Managing Director Arif Al Islam.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BRTC) Chairman Sunil Kanti Bose was also present. He said: “Even though this deal is helping NTTN operators for now, they will have to build their own connectivity in accordance to the timeline mentioned in the licensing guidelines.”

The guideline requires operators to cover 5% upazilas in the first year, 10% in the second year, 20% in the third year, 30% in the fourth year and all upazilas by the 10th year.

In the roughly four-year period since getting the license, [email protected] has installed 1,200km of fibre network and Summit built 680km.

Under the deal, [email protected] will get access to 1,900km of PGCB's fibre optic backbone, which covers various upazilas in Chittagong, Barisal, Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions.

Summit, on the other hand, will be given access to another 1,900km, which covers many upazilas of Dhaka, Khulna, greater Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions.