Indian telecom majors Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications have sought to build a fibre optic network in Bangladesh to get connected to the isolated north eastern states, a report said in Dhaka on Sunday.
Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications recently submitted a joint proposal to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to connect India’s seven sisters in the north east, offering Bangladesh access to the alternative submarine cable in exchange, the Daily Star newspaper said.
The seven north eastern states now get telecom services through VSAT (very small aperture terminal) at a high price.
An BTRC official confirmed the report and said that as per the proposal Bangladesh could use the companies’ undersea cable network as an alternative to lone submarine cable SEA-ME-WE-4.
The existing optical fibre line connects Dhaka to the southeastern Cox’s Bazar’s submarine cable’s landing station. It serves as the backbone of international communication, while satellite services act as backup with limited bandwidth.
But Bangladesh is frequently disconnected with the outside world for technical reasons or for theft of the optic fibre cables linked with the submarine cable.