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Assam to import 30 Gbps bandwidth from Bangladesh

Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited, an entity owned by the Indian state government of Assam, has confirmed the import of 30 Gbps bandwidth from Bangladesh.

On Tuesday (August 23), Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar and a delegation from India, in a meeting at the minister’s office in the Bangladesh Secretariat, the issue of bandwidth export from Bangladesh was finalized in principle.

In the meeting, it was decided to finalize the issue of export with the signing of the agreement in this regard after all the processes are completed by the middle of next November. Before this, a preliminary meeting was held with the company’s representative in Dhaka.

Joint Secretary (IT) to Meghalaya State Government Kumbamut Lang Nanagari led the Ahmia delegation in today’s meeting. Bangladesh Submarine Cable Limited Managing Director Md. Sahab Uddin was present.

The Posts and Telecommunication Minister assured the delegation that we have no problem with exporting bandwidth, we have and will have enough bandwidth to meet our own needs.

The Minister of Posts and Telecommunications said that bandwidth is being exported to Saudi Arabia and India to meet the increased network demand in the country. Bangladesh has started third submarine cable connection work. He mentioned that when the third submarine connection is completed, additional bandwidth of about 13200 Gbps will be connected.

Also 3800 Gbps bandwidth is being added to the first submarine cable which is almost 5 percenr more than the current high capacity. The Minister directed the concerned institutions to take proper procedures for exporting bandwidth to Assam. Once the process is completed, Assam will establish a cable connection from Sylhet’s Tamabil via Meghalaya’s Dawki to Guwahati at its own expense.

The minister said that in 2008, only seven and a half Gbps bandwidth was used in the country. The number of users was only 8 lakh. In 2020, on the eve of the start of covid, 1000 Gbps internet was used in the country. Currently it has increased to 3800 Gbps. The number of users has increased to about 13 crores. The Minister mentioned that Bangladesh today is an exemplary example of the world in the development of digital technology in continuation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Digital Bangladesh programme.

Other members of the delegation are Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited Manager Shyamal Sarkar, Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited Consultant CR Deka and Dipankar Chowdhury. United News of India

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