Internet speed to remain slow for next four days

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Internet users are expected to witness a slower connection speed for four days from Wednesday or Thursday due to emergency maintenance work of submarine cable.

“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,” Vice President of the Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) told The Financial Express.

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 points out.

However, Mr Junayed said the internet subscribers may face the problem starting from October 28 or October 29 to November 1 or 2.

During the peak hour, internet users are likely to face more congestion than off-peak hour, he insists.

Bangladesh connected to first submarine the SEA-ME-WE 4 in 2005, he said adding that the country is connected with Singapore in different ways through this.

He said the SEA-ME-WE 4 often needs to be repaired. Some circuits are being repaired there. As a result, some people may fall a little slower, he stated.

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