International terrestrial cable (ITC) operators have obtained the telecoms regulators’ permission to purchase bandwidth directly from Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL).
Its Managing Director Md Mownar Hossain said Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BTRC) had given the permission on several conditions.
Six ITC operators functioning in Bangladesh have been purchasing bandwidth from India for the last three and a half years.
“ITC operators can purchase maximum 10 per cent, as backup, of the bandwidth they use from BSCCL on permission from BTRC.”
“This bandwidth has to be used inside the country. But it can be sold abroad on government permission,” he added.
The BSCCL chief executive said the bandwidth prices would be determined later.
But ITC operators have opposed the imposition of limits on bandwidth purchase.
They say the operators would not benefit from the decision because of the limit.
Suman Ahmed Sabir, Strategy Officer at Fibre at Home, said the BSCCL bandwidth sale would go up and 150gbps bandwidth would not remain unused if the limit was withdrawn.
ITC operators currently connect Bangladesh with international telecommunication system through their terrestrial optical fibre links with the Indian telcos.
The operators are NovoCom Limited, One Asia AHLJV, BD Link Communication Limited, Mango Teleservices Limited, Summit Communication Limited, and Fibre at Home Limited.
The BSCCL can now supply only 50gbps of its 200gbps bandwidth, according to bdnews24.com. - Idrak