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Second submarine cable goes online from Sunday

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Bangladesh will be connected to the long-awaited second submarine cable from September 10. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the SEA-ME-WE 5 from Ganabhaban on Sunday.
Md Monwar Hossain, managing director of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) told newsmen that all necessary preparations have been completed. During the inauguration, he will be at the cable landing station n Kuakata.
Monwar said: “On the day of inauguration, we will get a 200Gbps bandwidth which will gradually rise to 1500Gbps.”
He also added: “The SEA-ME-WE-5 consortium is giving us 1500Gbps of bandwidth. First we need to assess what our demand is like and how much we need. If there is no demand, what do we do with this bandwitdth?”
The consortium was inaugurated on February 21 in Turkey. The 20,000 kilometre SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable project with 24Tbps bandwidth was inaugurated in Hawaii back in January. SEA-ME-WE 5 stands for Southeast Asia, Middle East, Western Europe 5. Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Srilanka, Pakistan, Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, France and Djibouti are a part of this consortium.

-NK

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