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Tripura to be gateway of Internet

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, July 4 � The days are not far when Tripura would be gateway for reliable and super-fast Internet facility after Mumbai and Chennai.

After cementing an agreement for using unspent bandwidth available at Bangladesh�s Cox Bazar, the BSNL has been trying hard to implement the ambitious plan at the earliest.

As per the agreement, Bangladesh Government would allow the BSNL to use 10 Gigabyte Internet connectivity which could bring a revaluation in the Internet connectivity not only for the Northeastern region but also for some mainland States.

The BSNL will have to pay Rs 7.2 crore annually to Bangladesh for using submarine cable laid at Cox Bazar.

To carry forward the plan, Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is scheduled to arrive here in the next couple of days, said BSNL (NE Circle-I) Chief General Manager DP Singh.

Speaking to media here on Saturday, he said, �After a hectic persuasion spanning over four years, an agreement was signed with Dhaka during Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s historic visit to Bangladesh on June 5�.

�If everything falls in right place, the proposed OFC network connecting Agartala with Cox Bazar would be completed by next three to four months. Once the network is linked, Internet facility will be at par with the other mainland States like Delhi, Mumbai and Chenni�, he said.

Singh, who had a meeting with Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on the BSNL�s activities in Tripura, also clarified doubts over mobile towers on radiation affect. �There is a conception that mobile towers emit radiation which could be harmful for human body but it�s not true at all. A separate wing- Term Cell functioning under Telecom Ministry is entrusted with the task to monitor radiation affect by mobile towers�, he added.

BSNL, General Manager, Tripura Asset Ravichandran was present in the press conference.

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