Internet to remain slow for five days

Staff Correspondent

27th October, 2020 10:34:39 printer

Internet to remain slow for five days


Internet connectivity will remain slower than regular speed for the next five days as international internet gateway (IIG) operators connected to Singapore have started emergency maintenance from Monday midnight.

Bangladesh is connected to the South East Asia-Middle East-West Europe 4 (SMW4) submarine cable connecting Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India and eleven other countries.

Talking to Daily Sun, Internet Service Providers Association Bangladesh (ISPAB) President Aminul Hakim said the connection will remain slower than regular for maintenance of the international cable line.

"There is an upcoming emergency I2I circuit maintenance to be held from 12.30 am on October 26 to October 30 midnight," Hakim, also chief executive at AmberIT, said expressing hope that the connection will be restored by Saturday next.

The IIG operator said it would shift traffic to other available paths to avoid the disruption and added that the maintenance is aimed at avoiding any unplanned outage in the near future.

The18,800 kilometer long SWE-4 connection connects Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria and France.

The total number of internet subscribers rose 8.3 per cent to an all-time high of 108.2 million at the end of August compared to February's 99.9 million.