The Financial Express

Internet speed likely to remain slow from Nov 2-4

| Updated: October 29, 2020 23:15:58

Internet speed likely to remain slow from Nov 2-4

Internet users are expected to witness a slower connection speed from Nov 2-4 due to emergency maintenance work of submarine cable, as per the revised update of internet service providers.

“Start of i2i traffic interruption will be from November 2,” Ahmed Junayed, vice president of the Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) told The Financial Express.

“We will keep you posted on this”, he said.

However, Mr Junayed said the planned outage schedule may change depending on the progress of the preceding cable diversions and the weather conditions.

Some of the country's IIGs (International Internet Gateways) connect with Singapore via Chennai, India as an alternative route. There is a submarine cable run by Indian Airtel. The cable is being repaired, he added.

The country’s IIGs that use that cable may face some slowdown but the Internet facility will continue. The rest will not have a problem, he said.

During the peak hour, internet users are likely to face more congestion than off-peak hour, Mr Junayed said.

Bangladesh got connected to first submarine the SEA-ME-WE 4 in 2005. The country is connected with Singapore in different ways through this.

The total number of internet subscribers in Bangladesh doubled in the last five years thanks to the government’s commitment and move to digitise the country.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission's (BTRC) statistics revealed that the number of internet subscribers in the country stood at 108.188 million as of August 2020 whereas the number was 54.120 million at the end of December 2015.

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