Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)- Bangladesh connects with India through International Terrestrial Cable (ITC) successfully, an ITC operator said.
“Internet will be more affordable for the people for introducing the alternative way of information super highway, even it will ensure uninterrupted use of the data service if the submarine cable faces any problem,” said Syed Moinul Haq, managing director of Novocom, an ITC operator, told reporters in Dhaka on Saturday. 
Before the ITC connection, the country used to depend on submarine cable (SEA-ME-WE 4) leading to disruption in internet service in the event of a cable fault.
To get rid of this situation, the telecom authority offered six ITC licences for ensuring backup support. According to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), three operators have already got approval for commercial launch of the ITC service.
ITC can be used effectively to connect with countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, China etc without using the subsea cable, Mr Haq mentioned and added that the terrestrial solution would help offer highly competitive price in comparison to the existing sub-sea cable.
The ITC systems and services will enable content providers like Google, Yahoo etc to set up their content delivery platforms in Bangladesh leading to faster access of Internet customers in the country to these globally popular sites, according to the statement.
The launching of IIG-players and 3G services is expected to increase internet connectivity to the country’s government agencies, corporate houses, SMEs, academicians, institutions/schools, and individuals to give the benefit of Bangladesh’s connectivity to the internet backbone.
The other licence holders who are waiting to give the service are 1ASIA-AHL JV, [email protected] Ltd, Summit Communications Ltd, BD Link Communication Ltd and Mango Teleservices Ltd.
BBN/SSR/AD-09Dec12-11:50 am (BST)