Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated broadband connectivity to NE States via Bangladesh

Under the project, the BSNL will set up an international gateway for broadband connectivity at Agartala.

Created On: Mar 24, 2016 09:00 ISTModified On: Mar 24, 2016 10:57 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23 March 2016 inaugurated broadband connectivity to North Eastern States via Bangladesh to strengthen telecom services in the region.

Under the project, an international gateway for broadband connectivity will be set up at Agartala in Tripura.

Using this platform, connectivity will be provided to other North Eastern States like Manipur, Nagaland, etc through Bangladesh.

The cost of the project is around 19 crore rupees and BSNL will bear annual operational expenditure of around seven crore rupees from its own resources.

Background

During the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh in June 2015, an agreement on this project was signed between India and Bangladesh. The agreement was signed between the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company limited.

Before this link, telecom connectivity for networks was provided to North East from Chennai via Kolkata. The new link is a short route cable between Cox Bazar cable landing station in Bangladesh to Agartala through Akhaura.

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