According to Bangladeshi news agency The Daily Star, Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company (BSCCL) released in a posting on the Dhaka Stock Exchange this week that the Board of Directors has approved the investment of $3.2 million (excluding VAT/Tax) to upgrade its SEA-ME-WE 4 capacity by 3,800 Gbps.

BSCCL is member of the SEA-ME-WE 4 consortium. SEA-ME-WE 4 is the first international submarine cable connecting Bangladesh, ready for service in 2005.

Upon completion of the upgrade by next year, BSCCL will own a total of 4,600 Gbps capacity on the SEA-ME-WE 4 cable system.


SMW4 cable map


BSCCL, under the telecommunications ministry, is the incumbent and only telecom operator authorized to build and own international submarine cables connecting Bangladesh.

The bandwidth use surged to 3,440 Gbps in March this year, up from 1,000 Gbps before the pandemic, according to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

About 650 Gbps is supplied by BSCCL through the SEA-ME-WE 4 cable system, and 1,400 Gbps through the country's second submarine cable, SEA-ME-WE 5. The rest comes from India through seven international terrestrial cable service providers, with private firms Summit Communications bringing in 700 Gbps and Fiber@home 300 Gbps.

In addition to SEA-ME-WE4 and SEA-ME-WE 5, BSCCL has participated in the SEA-ME-WE 6 consortium, to build the third international submarine cable connecting Bangladesh.