Bangladesh submarine link switched on, but is BTTB?

19 May 2006

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the country’s new link to the SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable on 21 May, directly connecting it to 11 countries in Western Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East and significantly boosting voice and data bandwidth. Ershad Shafi Chowdhury, general secretary of Bangladesh’s Internet Service Providers Association said that the new link will lead to a big fall in internet charges. However, he added that incumbent fixed line operator Bangladesh Telegraph & Telephone Board (BTTB) has yet to upgrade the domestic cable system and other essential infrastructure, making it almost impossible for subscribers to reap the benefit immediately.



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