ECNEC clears 3rd submarine cable project

ECNEC chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina presides over the weekly ECNEC meeting at the NEC conference room on Tuesday.

ECNEC chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina presides over the weekly ECNEC meeting at the NEC conference room on Tuesday. 
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The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday cleared four development projects, including Tk 6.93 billion one to install the third submarine cable.

The submarine cable project is aimed at expanding the country’s international telecommunication system as Bangladesh will get 6 terabyte per second of bandwidth from the new connection.

The approval came from the weekly ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room. ECNEC chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting joining it from Gonobhaban through a video conference.

Of the total cost, Tk 14.41 billion will come from the state coffer, while Tk 3.1 billion from the funds of the agencies concerned, and the remaining Tk 3.74 billion will come as loans from foreign sources – the World Bank and China, he said.

Talking about the submarine project involving Tk 6.93 billion, another planning commission member Md Mamun-Al-Rashid said Bangladesh Submarine Company Limited will implement it by June 2024.

“If the third submarine cable is installed, our bandwidth will be increased by 6 terabyte per second,” he said.

He said the new project has been taken as the lifespan of the country’s first submarine cable will expire in 2025. Since the first submarine cable is 15 years old, the rate of service disruption has been higher due to maintenance-related reasons, he added.

The first submarine cable –SEA-ME-WE-4– was launched in 2005 while the second one — SEA-ME-WE-5-in 2017.

With the third submarine cable, Bangladesh will join the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-6 (SEA-ME-WE-6) cable, which will be stretched from Singapore to France through the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea, he said.

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