Jan 16
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Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) on Monday signed a tri-partite agreement with the Nationwide Telecommunication Transmission Network (NTTN) operators--iber@home and Summit Communications to expand common networks in remote areas across the country. AS per the agreement, of the 3600kms optical fibre of PGCB, the Fiber@home will get 1900kms and Summit Communications 1700kms.

The PGCB and two NTTN companies -- Fiber@home and Summit Communi¬cations Limited inked the deal allowing the NTTNs for using the fiber optic backbone for next 15 years. The NTTN operators are now able to expand its coverage to 210 more upazilas across the country by using the 3,800 km robust, secure and faster transmission backbone network of the PGCB.

PGCB company secretary Md. Ashraf Hossain, Fiber@home managing director Moynul Haque Siddique and Arif Al Islam, Managing Director of Summit Communications Limited (SCL) signed the agreement paper at a ceremony at PGCB office.

The telecom regulator issued two NTTN licenses in 2009 aiming to develop, build, maintain and operate countywide telecommunication network.

In line with the licensing guideline, the operators had obligations to cover connectivity to 5 percent upazilas in the first year of the issuance of license while 10 percent upazilas in 2nd year, 20 percent upazilas in 3rd year, 30 percent upazilas in 4th year and 100 percent connectivity in 10th year.

Sunil Kanti Bose, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), directed the NTTNs to roll out its network while the top officials of the operators met him after the agreement with PGCB.

"The NTTN operators have to build own connectivity within the stipulated time fixed by the licensing guideline," he added.

Abbas Faruque, Head of Government Affairs of Fiber@home, told The Independent that they have taken lease a total of 1,900km fiber optic connectivity from the PGCB that is covering different upazilas of Chittagong, Barisal, Rangpur and Rajshahi division.

Besides, he claimed that they have already installed 2,000km own fiber optic networks across the country covering 25 districts and 90 upazilas. In addition, Fiber@home has 500km network in the Dhaka city, he added.

Abbas said that Summit Communications Limited (SEL) will get the access of another 1,900 fiber optic network of PGCB that is covering many upazilas of Dhaka, Khulna, greater Mymensigh and Sylhet division.

In addition, the SCL has built 680 km fiber optic own network in major metro-cities (Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet) and Dhaka to Chittagong connectivity.b (Courtesy : The Independent)