Second submarine cable goes online from Tomorrow
The 20,000km long high-speed submarine cable connects 17 countries.
Bangladesh will be connected to the long-awaited second submarine cable from tomorrow.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the SEA-ME-WE 5 from Ganabhaban on tomorrow.
Md Monwar Hossain, managing director of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) told the Bangla Tribune that all necessary preparations have been completed. During the inauguration, he will be at the cable landing station n Kuakata.
Bangladesh currently gets 300Gbps from its existing submarine cable, the second cable will provide another 1500Gbps of bandwidth.
Monwar said: “On the day of inauguration, we will get a 200Gbps bandwidth which will gradually rise to 1500Gbps.”
He also added: “The SEA-ME-WE-5 consortium is giving us 1500Gbps of bandwidth. First we need to assess what our demand is like and how much we need. If there is no demand, what do we do with this bandwitdth?”
The consortium was inaugurated on February 21 in Turkey. The 20,000 kilometre SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable project with 24Tbps bandwidth was inaugurated in Hawaii back in January. SEA-ME-WE 5 stands for Southeast Asia, Middle East, Western Europe 5. Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Srilanka, Pakistan, Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, France and Djibouti are a part of this consortium.