TeleGeography's GlobalComms Database says that Bangladeshi international gateway operators currently have access to the SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable system via a single landing station located at Cox's Bazar and operated by the Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL), which was spun off from state-run telcoBangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) in July 2008. According to BSCCL, only 24% (10.7Gbps) of the company's 44.6Gbps submarine capacity allocation is currently being used. Back-up connectivity is via satellite earth station/VSAT until an alternative submarine link is available. New submarine cable operating licensees will be required to build a system with a design capacity of at least two fibre pairs supporting a minimum of 64x10Gbps wavelengths (1.28Tbps), with initial lit capacity of at least 40Gbps. Cable facilities should be ready for service 18 months from the date of the concession award. Furthermore, each licensee should build a separate landing station within the general area of Khula-Patuakhali-Barisal-Chittagong, and should provide access, co-location and landing facilities to other submarine cable licensees, as and when required by the BTRC.
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