The Bangladesh government is seriously considering the possibility of a fiber optic cable linking Cox's Bazar with Pyapon of Burma, in order to give Bangladesh access to the SEA-ME-WE-3 undersea cable as a backup to the recently commissioned SEA-ME-WE-4 cable link, reported the Bangladesh newspaper New Age.
The 30,000 kilometer SEA-ME-WE-3 is the
world's longest submarine fiber link, connecting 34 countries the
The Bangladesh post and telecommunications ministry last month asked the Bangladesh foreign ministry to take up the matter with Burma's military authorities, as it feels an urgent need for a backup line to ensure uninterrupted telecommunication services in case of any disruption in the 22,000 SEA-ME-WE-4 link.
"We have sent a letter to the foreign
ministry requesting it to discuss the matter with the
With just one submarine cable link, the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board can not guarantee non-stop services to internet service providers and telecom companies, compelling them to rely on satellite links as emergency backups, the official pointed out.
Against this backdrop, he said, "A backup link with SEA-ME-WE-3 cable will give local telecommunications industry a seamless overseas connection if existing cable links are snapped accidentally."
The government has not yet assessed the cost
required for laying the underground cable line linking Cox's Bazaar with
"We will do an assessment once we get a