Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Push for the third submarine cable

With existing web data transfer capacity liable to be depleted one year from now, the legislature is in chats with a consortium for a third undersea link association.

The interest for web data transfer capacity nearly multiplied over the most recent one year, to 1,000 gigabits for every second (Gbps) from 550 Gbps generally 2017. What's more, specialists dread the nation could come up short on transmission capacity significantly sooner.

They state Bangladesh needs to act quick or else it would need to depend vigorously on import from India.

In any case, the third association is going to cost the nation a pretty penny and won't occur until 2022.

Bangladesh paid Tk 500 crore for its first undersea association (SEA-ME-WE 4) in 2006. Myanmar shared the expense of a branch line for Bangladesh's second undersea link association (SEA-ME-WE 5) in 2017 yet regardless it cost the nation Tk 650 crore.

The third link Bangladesh needs to interface with will be farther into the Bay of Bengal than the initial two, which will raise the branch line cost. Besides, Myanmar this time is indicating little enthusiasm for getting associated with the link (SEA-ME-WE 6).

Bangladesh is endeavoring to get the link nearer to its shores with the goal that the expense of the branch line is less, said an authority of state-run Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL) which meets a lot of the nation's web request.

The big shots of BSCCL said on January 18 the consortium individuals from SEA-ME-WE 6 met in Singapore, where delegates of China Telecom Global, China Telecom, True Thailand, Ni2i of Mauritius, and organizations from Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, and Saudi Arabia were available.

BSCCL did not go to the gathering but rather they have been in contact with the consortium by means of telephone and email. Things were in the starter arrange and if everything went well, Bangladesh would be associated by 2022, said a BSCCL source.

Telecom and ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar said certainly cost would be considered and yet the nation needs to think about the developing interest.

"An ever increasing number of new innovations are hitting the market, fuelling development in information utilization," he said.

The pastor said the development rate was flying and Bangladesh would deplete its data transmission limit inside the following year. It would not be workable for the BSCCL to fulfill need except if an elective wellspring of web was set up, Jabbar said.

"For the following one, we will get colossal transfer speed. I don't know but rather it may have 10 Tbps [terabit per second] of extreme limit, and we would then be able to investigate trading transmission capacity to neighboring landlocked nations too."

The link's ability is typically dictated by the capacity of the gear utilized for transmitting and getting information through it. The gear can be moved up to acquire more data transfer capacity until the link's definitive limit is come to.

Jabbar said in October a year ago, ICT counselor to the executive Sajeeb Wazed Joy likewise opined that a third undersea association was required.

Mashiur Rahman, overseeing chief of the BSCCL, said the administration is intense about the nation's third submarine link and the BSCCL is investigating a few alternatives for undersea availability.

Industry insiders said the presentation of 4G portable administrations in Bangladesh helped push the transmission capacity request into 1,000 gigabits for every second (Gbps) from 550 Gbps generally 2017. Request from clients of wired broadband web had been expanding also, they said.

As transporters are presently preparing for 5G in the created world, it won't be excessively some time before the fifth-age versatile network access is made accessible in Bangladesh, sources said.

Another purpose behind considering the third submarine link is that the principal link is nearing the finish of its 20-year life, said a BSCCL official.

"It is preposterous to expect to extend the limit of the principal undersea link much and its upkeep cost is likewise expanding each year," the authority said.

With the two existing links, the BSCCL can convey 1,800 Gbps yet is really utilizing around 650 Gbps. Data transmission imported from India is utilized for meeting whatever is left of the interest.

BSCCL additionally sends out around 10 Gbps to eastern parts of India.

"Import of data transmission from India is bit by bit diminishing as our undersea links are providing a lot of transfer speed," said BSCCL MD.

Where the third link would arrive is still in question. The main link arrived in Cox's Bazar and the second one in Kuakata.

Sumon Ahmed Sabir, boss innovation officer of Fiber@Home, the main discount transmission capacity provider in the nation, said the nation was moving towards digitalisation and that was the reason information use became such a great amount over the most recent couple of years.

"Individuals are presently observing increasingly more video content and that is the reason they are expending so much information."

He, putting together it with respect to slant, anticipated that Bangladesh would utilize 2,000 Gbps this year. Bangladesh is late in choosing to join a third submarine link, said Sabir.

Sri Lanka is a little nation however it is associated with six links and the SEA-ME-WE 6 will be their seventh and it won't confront shortage of data transfer capacity in decades, said a market investigator.

Bangladesh has around 9.13 crore web accounts as of December 2018, as indicated by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

As indicated by the BTRC, there are 59 lakh broadband web associations and web access suppliers guarantee that these 59 lakh associations expend 70 percent of the complete transfer speed.

Google says Bangladesh has about 3.5 crore special web clients.

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