Bangladesh internet users likely to face slow connectivity for a week

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 19,2019 | Updated: 23:04, Apr 18,2019

 
 

Country’s internet users are likely to experience slow connectivity for 12 days starting tomorrow due to a scheduled maintenance of a submarine cable.
A statement issued by Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited on Wednesday said that the maintenance of the SEA-ME-WE-4, a submarine cable installed in 2006, would start tomorrow and would continue till May 1.
Apart from SEA-ME-WE-4, the first undersea internet cable connectivity for Bangladesh, the country was also connected to SEA-ME-WE-5 of 1,500 Gigabits per second capacity in February, 2017.
Some devices of the country’s first submarine cable located at the Cox’s Bazar landing station will be replaced, which would result in operation suspension of the cable, the BSCCL statement said.
The suspension might result in slow internet connectivity in some cases.
However, internet connectivity will be provided through the SEA-ME-WE-5 and international terrestrial cable.
As a result, users would not experience much difficulty, BSCCL said.
The submarine cable company also instructed international gateways, international internet gateways and other telecom service providers to contact with BSCCL for support.
After the maintenance, internet connectivity will become normal.
According to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission data, the country’s bandwidth consumption stood at 900Gbps at the end of November, 2018.
Of the consumed bandwidth volume, SEA-ME-ME-4 is providing 200Gbps and the rest by SEA-ME-WE-5 and ITCs.
The government has been planning to get connected to SEA-ME-WE-6 to meet growing demand for
data.

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