By The Times of India

AGARTALA: The telecommunication services in Tripura have deteriorated in the past few days because of poor internet connectivity and congestion in the network.

BSNL authorities have blamed inadequate communication channels compared to the number of users, while private operators held BSNL responsible for the poor tele-infrastructure in the state. Information technology minister of the state Tapan Chakraborty on Wednesday accused BJP government at the Centre of favouring private operators and state-owned BSNL is not getting adequate support for infrastructure development. “BSNL in the northeast has been suffering for long from inadequate manpower and has been managing with low-quality equipment. Despite doing good business, BSNL is not getting sufficient funds in the region,” Chakraborty said.

He said the ministry of telecommunication had failed to provide equipment to connect Tripura with submarine cable bandwidth of Bangladesh that led to unnecessary delay in the opening of third international internet gateway at Agartala via Akhaura of Bangladesh. At least six months are required to get a stable network. Laying the foundation of submarine cable at Agartala, Union telecom minister Ravishankar Prasad in May this year had promised to make Agartala an international gateway of submarine cable by December. But the BSNL authorities are yet to start work in India though Bangladesh is ready to provide 10 GB bandwidth, Chakraborty said.

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