Bhutan Telecom has announced that it has agreed deals with Indian firms Reliance Globalcom and Bharti Airtel to upgrade its international links, tripling bandwidth to 330Mbps. The company’s fibre links to London and Hong Kong have both been upgraded from 45Mbps to 155Mbps via agreements with Reliance and Bharti respectively. Bhutan Telecom’s promotional manager, Kencho Tshering, said: ‘With more operators laying fibre-optic cables towards north India, our bargaining position has improved unlike in the past.’ Tshering Norbu, manager of Druknet, Bhutan Telecom’s ISP provider, added: ‘We are benefiting from the competition between Bharti Airtel and Reliance Globalcom.’ The company hopes that the network upgrade will help boost subscribership in the country, which is estimated to have around 30,000 internet users at present.
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