Bangladesh’s Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved a next generation network (NGN) modernisation project costing BDT18.63 billion (USD236 million) to be undertaken by Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) with a completion deadline of June 2017, the Dhaka Tribune reports. Under the project, dual-financed by the Bangladeshi government (around 30% of the budget) and a 20-year credit facility from China (70%), BTCL will expand its next-generation fibre-optic backbone infrastructure nationwide, while replacing existing low-capacity copper transmission equipment at its exchanges. Telecoms ministry sources said that the NGN project would extend high speed internet connections to village level, while connecting all government institutions, enabling access to advanced services including high quality IP telephony and video-based services such as videoconferencing for all (between 900,000 and one million) BTCL’s fixed line users. The project also involves installing an internet protocol multimedia system (IMS) in the capital Dhaka and another IMS network in Chittagong, each with maximum capacity of 700,000 connections.
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