Internet users in Bangladesh will face interruption as the country is going to face around 60 Gigabyte per-second internet bandwidth shortage for three days from tomorrow during maintenance work of first submarine cable.
The internet bandwidth shortage is obvious during the maintenance work as the authorities concerned are yet to use capacity of the second submarine cable, officials concerned say.
The Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited has informed Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission that the maintenance work of the first submarine cable will be carried out in September 21-23, meaning that the internet bandwidth of the cable could not be used during the period.
Presently, the BSCCL, a state-owned entity, has capacity to provide 500 Gbps internet bandwidth including 300 Gbps from first submarine cable and another 200 Gbps from the second submarine cable.
For the maintenance of the first submarine cable, the internet bandwidth allocation capacity of the BSCCL will decline to 200 Gbps.
According to BTRC data, total internet allocation for the country’s users was recorded at 440 Gbps in July this year.
Of the demand, BSCCL meet up the requirement for around 260 Gbps, while International Terrestrial Cable operators provide rest 180 Gbps internet bandwidth.
Once the maintenance work begins, a deficit of 60 Gbps internet bandwidth will be created, meaning users will face interruption in conducting their work.
Internet service providers say such interruption may create severe problem for the ecommerce business and online-based services.
They say such interruption could be avoided easily by ensuring transmission of the bandwidth of second submarine cable that allows Bangladesh to use up to 1,500 Gbps internet bandwidth which was far higher than the country’s demand.
Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh general secretary Emdadul Haque told New Age on Tuesday that there would be two types of problem during the maintenance work of the first submarine cable.
Firstly, users will experience slow internet speed and high latency connection, and such interruption may affect the e-commerce businesses, freelancing activities and those activities which are mostly dependent on the internet, he said.
If the second submarine cable (SEA-ME-WE 5) is ready for commercial use, such hindrance could be avoided easily, Emdadul added.
It would take at least another six months to ensue utilisation of the 200 Gbps internet bandwidth that has become ready for transmission, the ISPAB general secretary said.
BSCCL managing director Md Monwar Hossain could not be reached despite repeated attempts.
The second submarine cable was launched on September 10, six months after the scheduled time, as the job, awarded to the Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited, for linking between the landing station and capital could not be completed within the stipulated time.
Earlier, the government announced inaugurating the commercial use of the cable in March. The inauguration was deferred to July 31. It was delayed further due to the BTCL’s delay to complete its job.
On March 6, 2014, the BSCCL signed a deal with a 19-member consortium of 16 that laid the undersea cable across Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
For joining the consortium BSCCL borrowed $ 44 million from the Islamic Development Bank to bear the expenses of the second submarine cable.
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