Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi Premier Sheikh Hasina inaugurated an Internet connectivity project between the two South Asian neighbours and announced Agartala as India’s third Internet gateway.
“Leasing of international bandwidth for Internet at Akhaura to Agartala will allow people of Tripura to avail more reliable net connectivity,” Vikas Swarup, spokesman of external affairs ministry tweeted.
Agartala is now the third Internet gateway of India after Chennai and Mumbai.
The leasing of the Internet bandwidth from Akhaura in Bangladesh to Agartala will improve Internet speed in the entire northeastern region apart from helping the people of Tripura to avail more reliable Internet connectivity.
India’s BSNL has leased 10 GB bandwidth of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited from its Cox’s Bazar Internet port.
This will enable Bangladesh telecom operators to effectively adapt their existing infrastructure. Currently Tripura is connected solely through the Siliguri corridor.
A power transmission project between the two countries were also inaugurated by Modi and Hasina.
“Connecting hearts. 100 MW power connectivity between Bangladesh & Palatana (in Tripura) yet another link between the two countries,” Vikas said in another tweet.
At present, India is supplying 500 MW of power across the Behrampur-Behramara transmission link on the West Bengal-Bangladesh border.
The new power connectivity from Palatana will allow Bangladesh to address severe power shortages in its southeastern parts.
The decisions for these two projects were taken during Modi’s visit to Dhaka in June 2015.