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Bharti Airtel’s India-Bangladesh terrestrial optical fiber cable goes live

TT Correspondent | 24 Jul 2013

In a major development that would establish India as a preferred transit hub for global telecom traffic in the Saarc bloc,  Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecom service provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, on Wednesday announced that its high capacity terrestrial optical fiber link between India and Bangladesh has gone live.

The link, which extends from Bongaon in West Bengal (India) to the Petrapole - Benapole border, will enhance voice & data connectivity between the two countries as well as transit traffic between Bangladesh and the rest of the world.

This will boost international telecom connectivity of Bangladesh and provide platform for growth of high speed broadband and upcoming 3G mobile services in the country.

According an ET report, Airtel is bileved to have has invested an undisclosed sum in a terrestrial fibre-optic cable link between India and Bangladesh.
Chris Tobit, CEO, Airtel Bangladesh Limited said, “This commencement of terrestrial optical fiber connection between India and Bangladesh will be a key catalyst for Bangladesh’s future growth in Telecommunication. This will enable Bangladesh to connect to the rest of the world with improved voice quality and high speed data.”
Connected to Airtel’s state-of-the-art domestic and global network, the cable offers seamless connectivity to enterprise and carrier customers for transiting traffic between Bangladesh and key business hubs like Singapore, London, Chennai, Mumbai & Los Angeles via India. The cable is further interconnected with the fiber backbone constructed from the Benapole border to Dhaka by the ITC (International Terrestrial Cable) licensees in the region.
This alternate international gateway to Bangladesh offers dual path connectivity ensuring high uptime and service levels. Along with the bouquet of voice & data services, the link will also enable Bangladesh enterprises to access a wide array of ICT applications hosted by Airtel on its cloud platform and utilize the Digital Media Exchange platform services like Media distribution and Digital Signage.
Airtel’s network runs across 171,610Rkms of optical fibre providing a pan India reach to its customers while its global network spans across 225,000Rkms covering 50 countries and 5 continents. This network includes Bharti’s i2i submarine cable connecting Chennai to Singapore, consortium cables like SMW4 connecting Chennai and Mumbai to Singapore and Europe, Asia America Gateway (AAG), India Middle East & Western Europe (IMEWE), Unity, EIG (Europe India Gateway) and East Africa Submarine System (EASSy). Bharti Airtel also has direct terrestrial cables connecting China and other SARRC countries like Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan.

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