The export of internet bandwidth to India has been delayed because cable connection was not set up across the border, State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim says.Bangladesh would start selling bandwidth in November, she said on Tuesday.She was briefing the media on the progress of her division’s work in the last 90 days since she took charge.The export was scheduled to begin on India’s Independence Day on Aug 15.“The Indian side could not yet finish the work. The export will start in November,” Tarana said.Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) Managing Director Monwar Hossain said Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) has laid the cable with India.Referring to the Indian officials, he said that side would start the work after the Durga Puja. “They said the export would start in November.”
India’s Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and the BSCCL signed the deal for the export of bandwidth during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in June.The Cabinet endorsed the proposal to export unused bandwidth on Apr 20. The government said Bangladesh would not face any crisis for the export.Under the three-year deal, Bangladesh will supply 10 gigabyte per second (GBPS) bandwidth and earn $1.2 million every year.Bangladesh can export as much as 40GBPS to India, if it wants, in line with the deal.It will be exported through Brahmanbarhia’s Akhaurha from the Cox’s Bazar landing station of Bangladesh’s only submarine cable SEA-ME-WE-4.