Friday, June 18, 2010

Bangladesh - Govt considering a second undersea cable rout to India

[daily star] The government is actively considering setting up of an alternative submarine cable route from Khulna to Chennai in India, Post and Telecommunications Minister Raziuddin Ahmed Razu told the House yesterday.

Replying to a query from Awami League lawmaker M Abdul Latif, the minister said Bangladesh is also going to connect with world's second submarine cable network.

He said International Long Distance Telecommunication Services (ILDTS) Policy 2010 has already been prepared.

Licence for second submarine cable will be given under the policy and task of preparing guidelines for licensing is going on, he said in a scripted answer.

In response to another scripted query of BNP lawmaker Nazimuddin Ahmed, the minister said the government has planned to set up fibre optic cable networks upto union level within next two to three years to provide ICT facilities to villagers.

Besides, Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd has taken initiative to introduce new radio technology (CDMA WLL) for expansion of land telephone network to reach untapped rural areas.

Replying to another query of Jatiya Party lawmaker Noor-e-Hasna Lily Chowdhury, the minister said SIM Box Detection System has been installed at Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission on May 16 to stop illegal VoIP operation.

So far 19,986 telephone connections were disconnected as those were found being used for international call termination, the telecom minister added.

Govt mulls alternative submarine cable link

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