Friday, 27 January, 2023

ISPs fear slower internet due to cache server issues

ISPs fear slower internet due to cache server issues

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) feared a possible slowdown of internet speed for video-focused platforms if the cache server hosting is replaced from the local resellers.

Addressing a webinar on Friday, the country’s tech experts urged the government to reconsider the countrywide flat rate for broadband internet providers before introducing a prudent policy.

A cache server is a dedicated network server or service acting as a server that saves web pages or other Internet content locally.   In Bangladesh, ISPs hosts the cache server of Facebook, Google and Netflix mainly to serve internet in better speed.

Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) recently directed all ISPs to withdraw the cache server from reseller for serving “the national interest.”

A cache server both speeds up access to data and reduces demand on an enterprise's bandwidth by placing previously requested information in temporary s1

Bangladesh System Administrator Forum (BDSAF) organized the meeting virtually to review the present situation of internet after implementing the flat rate as well as possible challenges if the cash server is shifted from ISPs.

Bangladesh Open Source Network (BdOSN) general secretary Munir Hasan, ISPAB President Aminul Hakim, General Secretary Emdadul Haque, [email protected] chief technology officer Sumon Ahmed Sabir, NTT Limited senior network engineer Fakrul Alam Pappu, BDSAF convener Jubayer Almahmud Hossain and bKash head of IT governance Nazmul Karim were connected to the discussion.

BDSAF joint convener Mohibbul Moktadir Tanim conducted the session virtually.

BdOSN general secretary Munir Hasan said the government should update the broadband policy before implementing the countrywide fixed internet at the same price.

“In rural areas, the ISPs depend on cache server to provide high speed Internet as most of the users surf the Facebook and Google platforms,” he said.

He added, “If the cache server shifts to BTRC, it may create negative impacts on Internet speed. And it’s very relevant to implement the flat rate.”

ISPAB president Aminul Hakim said the service providers in rural areas should go through different ceiling or floor prices to ensure level playing field in connectivity.

ISPAB general secretary Emdadul Haque claimed the decision of cache server transfer has created a confusing situation in the industry as the country needs transmission of 24 terabyte bandwidth to serve the customers if the proposal being implemented.

“Bangladesh will miss around 50 percent of its Internet traffic if the cache server will shift after one month,” he said.

“On other hand, the marginalized businesses will count extra expense,” he said urging to formulate guidelines for the ISPs for the sake of the economy.

According to the BTRC, Bangladesh has 9.81 million broadband connections as of May this year,