The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has issued licenses to six companies for the laying of international terrestrial cables (ITC), in hopes of improving the country’s international connectivity.
The licenses, issued Thursday, were handed to Novocom Limited, Asis-AHL JV, BD Link Communication Ltd, Mango Teleservices Ltd, Summit Communications Ltd and [email protected] Limited.
According to BDnews 24 the license holders have to begin the cable laying process by July this year.
The companies have each paid 20 million Taka ($243,840) in license fees to the BTRC.
Bangladesh is currently served by a single submarine cable, the SEA-ME-WE-4.
The license issues are the BTRC’s latest efforts at improving communications infrastructure for the country. The country’s 3G spectrum auctions are slated for June this year.