Myanmar wants to share Bangladesh’s submarine cable: Minister

Dhaka, (UNB) – Post and Telecommunication Minister Raziuddin Ahmed Raju on Sunday said Myanmar wants to share Bangladesh’s submarine cable on payment basis.

“A minister of Myanmar has invited me to visit the neighboring country to discuss the matter,” he said.

Raziuddin was addressing a seminar titled ‘Submarine Cable Connecting Ocean Going Countries Economic Maritime Boundary’ organised by Engineers Institution, Bangladesh (IEB) at its seminar room.
The seminar was addressed, among others, by IEB president Md Nurul Huda and honorary secretary Md Abdus Sabur. Engineer Khabiruzzaman presented the keynote paper.

The minister said the existing submarine cable of Myanmar is not adequate to serve its demand. “That’s why they expressed their interest to use Bangladesh’s submarine cable.”

He, however, did not make it clear whether Bangladesh would allow Myanmar to use it.

The minister also said the government would launch the much-hyped 3G mobile phone in July or August, while the 4G mobile service in December this year.

In his presentation, Khabiruzzaman said presently 9 million people in Bangladesh are using internet service while the global users of internet are 2.5 billion.

He said 58.5 percent (86.5 million) people of the country are now using mobile phone, while its global users 5.6 billion people or 80 percent.