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2nd submarine cable goes live

2nd submarine cable goes live
2nd submarine cable goes live
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FT ONLINE

Bangladesh’s second undersea cable finally starts functioning commercially from Sunday after a one year delay.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the cable through a video conference at her Gono Bhaban residence in Dhaka this morning.

The cable built at a cost of Tk 660 crore will have an initial bandwidth of 200 Gigabits per second (Gbps), which will rise to 1,500 Gbps in phases, said Monwar Hossain, managing director of state-run Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL), on Thursday.

The country was connected with the second submarine cable — South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 — at the landing station in Kuakata on February 21.

But the BSCCL could not start the commercial operations because of the failure of another state-run company, Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd, to set up an uninterrupted inland link from Kuakata to Dhaka.

-NK

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