BR for boosting internet connectivity thru optical fibre network
Bangladesh Railway (BR) is going to expand its optical fibre network to strengthen internet connectivity in different remote areas across the country.
Railway already has its nationwide transmission connectivity and now wants to expand it for the greater services to the people.
Concerned government body believe that such expansion mainly using railway track may play key role to make internet accessible to users at remote areas and around railway lines where mobile network accessibility may be poor. .
Accordingly Domestic Network Coordination Committee of the government looking after high power internet connectivity throughout the country advanced the move. BTRC approved the plan recently at a meeting in the city president over by its chairman Md Jahurul Haque.
As per new plan the connectivity would allow access network services especially the mobile phone operators to improve quality of services by using the connectivity of Bangladesh Railway.
Earlier in November 2014 BTRC allowed Bangladesh Railway to install fibre optics only through its railway tracks and around its service areas including railway stations. However, the latest BTRC approval Bangladesh Railway would be able to lay fibre optic cable in the areas outside of the railway tracks for providing the last mile service to the mobile phone towers and other operators.
Bangladesh Railway would be able to lay additional 1 kilometre of fibre from its railway tracks for providing the last mile service without taking approval from the telecom regulator. The railway authority, however, will have to take approval from BTRC if it requires laying fibre above 1 kilometre from its railway tracks.
Bangladesh Railway has also been allowed to lay fibre optical cable for the last mile connectivity in collaboration with other telecommunication operators. It may also lay fibre with its own cost.
BTRC officials said that the diversity would help enhancing competitiveness for leasing or renting fibre optic connectivity. Expansion of its fibre optic cable would also facilitate the mobile phone operators and other access network services in strengthening their services.
Bangladesh Railway developed an optical fibre-based comprehensive telecommunication system that include 1,600km of composite cables (optical and copper cables) and 200km of copper cable for own purpose.
In 1997, its unutilized capacity was leased out to private telecom operator Grameenphone to boost revenue. Subsequently, Bangladesh Railway and Grameenphone jointly laid another 409km of optical fibre network.
Very recently, Bangladesh Railway has expanded the network by another 400km, which would also be leased out to telecoms for commercial use.
Summit Communications has more than 40,000 kilometres of fibre optical cable including underground and overhead cable that include over 38,000 kilometres of fibre optic cable.