Internet speed to remain slow till Jan 20: ISPAB

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:08, Jan 05,2017


The country’s internet speed is likely to remain slow till January 20 due to cut in fiber optic cables of two Indian companies — TATA Communication and Bharti Airtel — which provide Bangladesh with ITC bandwidth.
The country’s internet users are now experiencing slower speed and routing issues due to the cut in International Terrestrial Cable bandwidth which is imported from those companies, said a news release of the ISP Association of Bangladesh issued by its general secretary Md Emdadul Haque on Thursday.
The submarine telecommunication cable, known as 121, that connects Bharti Airtel Limited with Singapore has remained down since December 13 due to the fiber cut.
Another submarine cable, Tata Indicom Cable, also known as Tata Indicom India-Singapore Cable System (TIISCS), of TATA Communications that links India with Singapore has remained down since 1:00am on Wednesday.
Bedsides, India-Middle East-Western Europe submarine cable, an ultra high capacity fiber optic submarine cable system, which links India and Europe via Middle East is also down, resulting that Bangladeshi internet users are experiencing slower speed and routing, the ISPAB release said.
The repair work of IMEWE cable will be completed within this week and repair completion of 121-cable is expected to be completed within January 20, it said.
The ISPAB could not provide any update on TIC cable repair.
The association also said that the internet speed in Bangladesh would return to normalcy after completion of repair of all cables.

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