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Staff Correspondent || shiningbd

Published: 16:17, 26 October 2020  
Bangladesh to face internet trouble for next 6 days

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Bangladeshi internet users are likely to face speed trouble for the next five days as a fibre optic cable that connects Bangladesh's international internet gateway operators with Singapore will go through emergency repairing, informed OptiMax Communication Ltd, an internet service provider and international internet gateway (IIG) company in an online statement on Sunday.

According to the IIG "There is an upcoming emergency I2I circuit maintenance to be held from 12.30 am on October 26 to 12.30 am on October 31.

"During the maintenance period, most of the SMW-4 circuits will be down and you might face high latency, intermittent packet-loss, and jitter in multiple destinations," it said.

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.

"Because of the maintenance, there will be some interruption and high latency. But the internet will be there," Md Emdadul Hoque, secretary-general of the Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB), told.

A senior official of the state-run Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd, which owns both the undersea cables, said he was not aware of the development.

The Southeast Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) 4 is an approximately 18,800 km submarine cable connecting Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria and France.

"The SEA-ME-WE 4 is up. There is no maintenance over it. Only those IIGs that are using the SEA-ME-WE 4 from Cox's Bazar to Chennai and then are connected to the I2I to reach Singapore would be affected," said an industry insider.

"Those that are connected to Cox's Bazar to Singapore through the SEA-ME-WE 4 would not be affected," he said.

The total number of internet subscribers rose 8.3 percent to an all-time high of 10.82 crore at the end of August compared to February's 9.99 crore.