Indian request to reduce bandwidth prices

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“Indian request to reduce bandwidth prices” : Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the importing company, has requested Bangladesh to “reduce the bandwidth” exported in the northeastern state of Tripura, India. Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) has recently sent a letter to the exporting company to take initiative in this regard. But BSCCL says, if India increases bandwidth imports, then it is possible to reduce export prices.

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Currently BSNL is exporting 10 Gbps (Giga Bit Per Second) bandwidth to BSCCL. For this, BSCCL receives $ 10,000 per GBPS per year. India’s telecommunications service provider BSNL has demanded that this price be set at $ 9,000 or less.

During the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in June 2015, the two countries signed contracts for bandwidth exports. After this, Bandwidth exports started officially from February last year on Akhaura-Agartala border. BSCCL sources said that according to the agreement, the export of bandwidth in phases will increase up to 40 MBPS. But in this case prices will also fall a bit.

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The Board of Directors discussed the export price of the band widths last week at the BSCCL Board of Directors. At that meeting, various aspects of price reduction-increase analysis were analyzed. However, no final decision was taken to reduce prices in the meeting.

When asked about BSCL’s board of directors and post and telecommunication secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder said in the first light, BSNL’s proposal has been discussed. India will be asked to take more bandwidth for the reduction of government revenue by exporting bandwidth. The concerned people have been instructed to come to the conclusion of this matter.

Currently, the bandwidth usage in Bangladesh is 440 Gbps. Half of the country’s needs are filled through 220 Gbps BSCCL. The rest is filled by importing from India. Bangladesh is still importable in bandwidth, although 10 Gbps exports. Now the bandwidth is imported from India through the International Terrestrial Company (ITC). ITC has bought bandwidth from Reliance Group, Tata Group of India.

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The main source of Bangladesh’s own bandwidth is the submarine cable. The first submarine cable (SEA-ME-WE-4) is now available through 300 Gbps. More than 1,300 Gbps bandwidth to get the second submarine cable (SEA-ME-WE-5) waiting to be launched. Bangladesh is not getting bandwidth now from the second submarine cable because the internal connection is not completed. This does not reduce bandwidth imports dependence.


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