Submarine cable cut disrupts internet in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:39, Aug 09,2020 | Updated: 00:11, Aug 10,2020


Internet users in Bangladesh experienced a slow connectivity on Sunday due to a cut in the fibre of the country’s second submarine cable connection (SEA-ME-WE-5), authorities said.

Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company managing director Mashiur Rahman told New Age that the power supply cable of the submarine cable was cut at Patuakhali area by an excavator of a construction company, disrupting the connectivity.

 The submarine cable consists of two cables — power supply cable and fibre optic cable.

The technical unit of  BSCCL already identified the location, where the cable was damaged, he said.

The incident took place at a time when the country’s dependency on the internet has reached at its peak due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 A large segment of the country’s people is completely dependent on internet connectivity for some routine works.

The country got connected with the first undersea cable South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) in 2006 and with the second one SEA-ME-WE 5 in 2017.

At present, SEA-ME-WE-5 is providing a major portion of Bangladesh’s 1,700 Gbps bandwidth consumption.

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