Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company

  • (Bangladesh) Second Submarine Cable Connection by March

    By Mehdi Musharraf Bhuiyan, The Financial Express

    The country is set to get connected to the much coveted second submarine cable by March next year despite the ongoing delays in its installation work caused by the prevailing high tide in the Bay of Bengal.

    "We are expecting the installation work to be completed by March, 2017", Telecom Secretary  Md. Faizur Rahman Chowdhury told FE after visiting the landing site of the submarine cable in Patuakhali this weekend.

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    Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited, a listed company which is also a subsidiary of the Post and Telecommunication Division, is responsible for the construction and maintenance of the submarine cable.

    "Seeing the progress that has been made so far, we feel that the remaining works will not take more than four to five months" Mr. Chowdhury, who is also the Chairman of BSCCL, said.

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    The SEA-ME-WE-5 cable will be approximately 20,000 kilometers long, and will provide broadband communications with a design capacity of 24 Terabits per second between South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Europe.

    The cable will connect Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Djibuti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Turkey and France via 19 landing points.

    BSCCL is currently also responsible for the maintenance of the country's lone submarine cable connection linked with SEA-ME-WE 4.

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  • Bandwidth Export to India Kicks Off

    By Muhammad Zahidul Islam, The Daily Star Bangladesh began exporting bandwidth -- 10 gigabits a second -- to India's northeastern state of Tripura on Monday, in line with a deal signed with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd last year. Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd or BSCCL started supplying 10 Gbps bandwidth on a trial basis on Sunday and India confirmed it is using the whole capacity, said Monwar Hossain, managing director of the state-owned company. “The additional general manager of BSNL's Agartala office sent an e-mail to confirm that they are receiving good quality connectivity. They also requested us to send invoice from February 8,” said Hossain. State-owned Bangladesh Telecommunications Company set up connectivity for bandwidth transmission with Tripura's capital Agartala on November 16. Read more...
  • Bangladesh cableco to be listed in 2012

    By GTB

    Bangladesh’s Submarine Cable Company is set for listing in the share market in January 2012, according to the country’s telecoms secretary Sunil Kanti Bose. The state owned cable firm is to sell 31 million shares valued at about $14 million.

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  • Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company submits IPO prospectus

    By The Daily Star

    Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company has submitted its initial public offering (IPO) prospectus to the stockmarket regulator, revising its previous listing plan, officials said.  Earlier the telecom service provider planned listing through a direct listing method, but now it opts for a fixed price system. Under the revised plan, the company will float 3.10 crore ordinary shares of Tk 10 each at an offer price of Tk 35, using the fixed price method.

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  • Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company's profit rises 28pc

    By The Daily Star The net profit of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company or BSCCL rose 28 percent year-on-year last fiscal year, thanks to the bandwidth export by the state-owned firm. Its net profit stood at Tk 16.5 crore at the end of 2015-16, up from Tk 12.9 crore a year ago. The company's revenue stood at Tk 61 crore in 2015-16, which was Tk 54 crore a year earlier. The company did well as it started exporting 10gbps bandwidth to Indian state of Tripura in February this year, Md Monwar Hossain, managing director of BSCCL, said after a board meeting yesterday. Presently, the company serves around 130gbps of internet bandwidth out of its capacity of 200gbps. Read more...
  • Bangladesh to be Connected with 2nd Submarine Cable on Feb 21

    By Daily Sun

    Bangladesh is going to connect with the second submarine cable on February 21 to get another 1500 gbps bandwidth, as the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium is set to launch its global operation on this day.

    The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5), a consortium of 15 leading telecom operators from 17 countries, would announce its operation at a ceremony in Turkish city of Istanbul, BSS reports quoting officials.

    Talking to BSS, Monwar Hossain, Managing Director of state-owned Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) which is assigned to handle country bandwidth, said it's a great pride for the country as the consortium has decided to launch the cable on February 21, the International Mother Language Day.

    "The second undersea cable would be the real redundancy that might allow Bangladesh to stay online always and start full-fledged international bandwidth trade," he added.

    Mentioning that Bangladesh has now nearly 300 gbps bandwidth from its lone submarine cable, Monwar said: "We are going to get another 1500 gbps bandwidth from the second undersea cable."

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  • Government To Rent Out Internet Bandwidth To Indian States

    By The Daily Star

    The government will rent out 40 Gbps (Gigabits per second) of internet bandwidth at around Tk 4.5 crore per month to some Indian states. However, the prices will be finalised when an Indian team from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd would visit Dhaka next week to sign an agreement, said Monwar Hossain, managing director of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd that deals with the bandwidth.

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  • Internet goes off again

    By SubTel Forum

    BDNews24 is reporting that Internet services across Bangladesh saw disruption again for over an hour on Wednesday afternoon, this time after completion of the submarine cable repair work in Singapore.  Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL) managing director Monowar Hossain told bdnews24.com that internet connection was disrupted from 4.30 to 5.45 in the evening.

    "It's due to re-configuration of the cable after the completion of the (submarine cable) repair work," he said, adding the repair work has been completed a day prior to the schedule.

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  • No internet for 3 hours after midnight

    By bdnews24

    Internet connectivity will remain snapped for three hours early on Thursday in Bangladesh due to repairs of the submarine cable. Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL) Managing Director Monwar Hossain told bdnews24.com there would be no internet connection for three hours starting at 2am.

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  • Submarine Cable Company submits IPO prospectus

    By The Daily Star

    Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company has submitted its initial public offering (IPO) prospectus to the stockmarket regulator, revising its previous listing plan, officials said.  Earlier the telecom service provider planned listing through a direct listing method, but now it opts for a fixed price system.  Under the revised plan, the company will float 3.10 crore ordinary shares of Tk 10 each at an offer price of Tk 35, using the fixed price method.

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  • Submarine Cable Plans To Sell Bandwidth To Italian Firm At Low Price

    By Muhammed Zahidul Islam, The Daily Star

    Questions have been raised over a move by Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL) to sell off half of its capacity to an Italian company at a very low price.

    BSCCL has sent a proposal to the post and telecommunication division for approval to sell half the capacity of the SEA-ME-WE-4 cable to Telecom Italia Sparkels.

    In February, the BSCCL board decided to sell four million MIU*km (minimum investment unit), which is equivalent to around 90 Gbps, at a price of Tk 16 crore for the rest of the lifetime of the cable. A submarine cable usually lasts 20-25 years, and this cable has been in operation since 2006; so, the Italian company may be looking to use the cable for 11 to 16 more years.

    In addition, Italia Sparkels will pay BSCCL Tk 48 lakh a year to bear maintenance costs, as Bangladesh is still a member of the consortium -- SEA-ME-WE-4.

    At present, BSCCL has a total capacity of 8.9 million MIU*km, which is equivalent to 200 Gbps.

    The BSCCL cable is connected from France to Singapore and it is easy for the company to sell out capacity or connectivity from anywhere on this route.

    However, telecom division officials and analysts are also raising questions over the bandwidth price and capacity.

    The Italian company's price is around 60 times lower than the bandwidth export price to India, officials added.

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