In an move to create a hassle-free and strong Internet link for the northeastern states, union Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday laid the foundation stone for an international Internet gateway through Akhaura, Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh to Agartala, Tripura
Under the plan, an international gateway for broadband connectivity will be set up at Agartala. The connectivity will be provided through Bangladesh under an agreement between Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company limited and Indian state run Telecom operator BSNL.
Akhura-Agartala Telecom Link as part of Digital India campaign 2015:
Agartala, Tripura’s capital city, would be the third international Internet gateway in India after Chennai and Mumbai
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 19.1 crore and annual operational expenditure going upto Rs 7.2 crore. The project is expected to provide Internet services with bandwidth of 10 Gbps intially, which can be extended up to 40 Gbps. The project is likely to be operational by January 2016.
Akhaura, located in Chittagong is the second largest trading point and check post between India and Bangladesh after Petrapole-Benapole trade centre and check post along West Bengal-Bangladesh border. Thi project is a part of Digital India and Make in India. Digital India campaign 2015 is a pet project of PM Modi, the Digital Dialogue initiative on Twitter received 39.1 crore impressions during period of three days (July 4-6).