Prime Minister opens 2nd submarine cable

Bangladeshhas reached a new height in Internet communication and services as the government commercially inaugurated the second submarine cable with 1500-gigabit per second (Gbps) bandwidth capacity.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the landing station at Kuakata and SMW-5 consortium submarine cable system through a videoconference from her Ganobhaban official residenceon Sunday, UNB reports.

The longevity of the cable has been fixed at 20 years initially, which may go up to 25 years with its optimum maintenance.

Bangladesh now uses 180 Gbps bandwidth from its first submarine cable system, SEA-ME-WE-4, set up in 2006. Another 260 Gbps is imported from India.

Internet business entities will be able to enjoy greater benefits as there will be price cut in bandwidth import with the use of the second submarine cable.

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