Submarine cable will save Bangladesh over $13 mn
The bandwidth of the submarine cable would save foreign exchange and add revenue to the government exchequer, sources in the Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) told BDNews news agency.
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has already received Taka 65 million ($1 million) from 11 ISPs by selling submarine cable bandwidth.
Internet users in Dhaka have started enjoying the benefit of the submarine cable with 2 megabytes per second (mbps). The service providers earlier had to pay about $3,000 for 1 mbps per month while the charge is now about $1,000.
According to the ISPAB, about a half a million Internet customers in the country use 400 to 500 mbps. The number of users as well as bandwidth use is expected to rise radically with the arrival of the submarine cable, Bangladesh Observer newspaper said.
Akhtaruzzaman Manju, president of ISPAB, however, said the ISPs could offer upgraded service quality of Internet for users, not a reduction in cost.
'And it is the customers' choice what they want - quality service or cost reduction, and we intend to offer the first one to our valued customers,' he added.