A Bhutanese team would visit here this month to import bandwidth from Bangladesh to ensure its redundancy and meet domestic need.
Talking to BSS, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim said: “Bhutanese delegation is scheduled to arrive this month to finalize route to establish connectivity between the two countries.”
“Bhutan is very keen to import bandwidth,” said the state minister referring to her meeting with the Bhutanese Prime Minister, and Information and Communication Minister D N Dhungyel during her recent visit to the country on August 1 and 2.
Replying to a query on the use of Indian land for connectivity, she said they would talk with India after finalizing the route by the technical persons of both countries. “I have discussed primarily with the Indian minister and officials, and got positive response from them.”
Before touring to Bhutan, Tarana Halim visited India for three days and had talks with Indian minister and officials for the bandwidth export.
India is now importing 10 gbps bandwidth for its state of Tripura which would be expandable to another 40 gbps.
“India is mulling to import more bandwidth from Bangladesh for its eight sisters,” revealed Tarana.
The team would discuss “establishing connectivity” and formulate an “outline” about the possible import of bandwidth from Bangladesh.
The landlocked Eastern Himalayan country has taken the move to establish a third international link to the internet.
The country (Bhutan) currently has only two links to the internet, one through Gelephu and the other through Phuentsholing. But, both converge in the Indian city of Siliguri, which means Bhutan lacks true redundancy or back up connectivity to the internet.
Besides, Bangladesh has over 200 gbps (gigabits per second) bandwidth through its SEA-ME-WE 4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe) submarine cable but its domestic consumption has reached 131 gbps.
The country’s demand for bandwidth may reach 210 gbps by 2021, but Bangladesh will be connected with second undersea cable by January next year to get another 1500 gbps bandwidth.
Since the lifetime of Bangladesh’s SEA-ME-WE 4 submarine cable will end within the next 12 years, there is no other alternative to exporting bandwidth.
“If we reserve 4 or 5 times of bandwidth for future need, still there would be huge unutilized bandwidth in hand that means wastage of resources. But, we can earn foreign currency through export,” noted Tarana Halim.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has started exporting 10 gbps bandwidth to Indian State of Tripura, but still it has 60 gbps bandwidth in hand unutilized. Moreover, other eastern states of India – Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagachal, Mizoram etc – have also requirement of bandwidth, reports internet.