Internet to slow down on Friday for maintenance

Staff Correspondent

26 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Internet services will be slowed down again this weekend due to the technical transformation of the international submarine cable of SEA-ME-WE in Cox’s Bazar.

Connectivity will remain slow from 2:00 pm till 10:00 pm on Friday, according to Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL).

“Due to development works of Cox’s Bazar Roads Division and Cox’s Bazar Development Authority, a new cable route of international submarine cable will have to be established. The authorities will connect all terminated circuits to the new underground system from the beach manhole to the landing station,” BSCCL said.

Internet service faces downtime frequently due to a limited number of network operations centre (NOC) for submarine cable as the cable gets disconnected in times due to development work or attack of shirk in the sea, internet service providers clarified.

“Internet connection will not be snapped but will remain slow on Friday. The submarine cable gets disconnect several times a year. Besides, there are only three NOCs in Dhaka, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar for connecting the submarine cable. It should be established across 64 districts for uninterrupted internet connectivity,” Emdadul Hoque, general secretary at Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB), told the Daily Sun.

Bangladesh is connected to the South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4), the primary Internet backbone between South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Europe.

Some 8.08 million internet users subscribed to the network of ISP and Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) in March 2020, which stood at 9.81 million at the end of March this year.