Bhutan keen to import internet bandwidth


A delegation from the landlocked country would visit Bangladesh in two months to explore the possibilities.

Bhutanese Information and Communication Minister D N Dhungyel expressed the interest as Bangladesh State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim met him in Thimphu today, according to a message received here.

Following her visit to India, Tarana arrived in Bhutan in the morning to discuss the possibilities of exporting the bandwidth remains unutilised.

The Eastern Himalayan country lacks true redundancy or back up connectivity to the internet.

It has only two links to the internet – one through Gelephu and the other through Phuentsholing. But, both converge in the Indian city of Siliguri.

As a result, Bhutan has taken the initiative to establish a third international link to the internet to ensure and meet its redundancy and domestic need.

The team would discuss about “establishing connectivity” and formulate an “outline” about the possible import of bandwidth from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has over 200 gbps (gigabits per second) bandwidth through its SEA-ME-WE 4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe) submarine cable, but its domestic usage has so far reached at 131 gbps and would go up to 210 gbps by 2021.

Meanwhile the country is scheduled to be connected with the second undersea cable by January next year to get another 1300 gbps bandwidth.

Since the lifetime of Bangladesh’s SEA-ME-WE 4 submarine cable will end within the next 12 years, there is no other alternative to export bandwidth, officials said.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh already started exporting 10 gbps bandwidth to Indian State of Tripura, but still it has 60 gbps bandwidth in hand unutilised.

Other north-eastern states of India like Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagachal and Mizoram have also requirements of bandwidth.

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