By Economic Times

India will for the first time turn to Bangladesh for meeting its global telecom connectivity requirements. It plans to lease nearly 100 gigabytes (GBs) of international bandwidth from two state-owned suppliers in the neighbouring country to route a chunk of India's overseas call and data traffic through a new gateway in Agartala, said a top official in state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL).

The move is aimed at reducing BSNL's dependence on Tata CommunicationsBSE 2.47 % Ltd ‘s Chennai landing station for routing international voice and data traffic emanating from India's eastern, northeastern and southern states. However, this expenditure of valuable foreign exchange could have been avoided had a planned cable landing station been built in time, say experts.

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