Dhaka — The country’s internet bandwidth may end by the beginning of 2023. Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) did not specify how to deal with the crisis.
The future of the national bandwidth provider is uncertain. Sources say the problem will be resolved after the country’s third submarine, SEA-ME-WE-6, arrives in mid-2024, but the next two years may be cut off without bandwidth as the current bandwidth expires in 2022.
Internet use in the country has increased from 20 to 25 per cent during the Corona pandemic. Because people use at least 6-8 hours of internet daily. Where average usage before Corona was mere two hours.
Imdadul Haque, director of Optimax Communications, said that people’s internet usage will increase in the future. Which is mostly used with bandwidth.
He expressed frustration that the BSCCL has not yet clarified how it will deal with such a situation.
Although there is some hope due to SEA-ME-WE-4 and SEA-ME-WE-5. Because SEA-ME-WE-4 is associated with India, Myanmar and Singapore.
Bangladesh will be able to import bandwidth from any of these countries unless they use new cable.
International Terrestrial Cable (ITC) operators have claimed that their bandwidth import capacity is unlimited. But it all depends on the capacity of Indian submarine cables and how much bandwidth they can provide to Bangladesh.
Not buying bandwidth on time will have a negative impact on broadband and mobile internet users. Low bandwidth means more spending for existing volumes, said Brigadier General SM Farhad, secretary-general of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB).