Internet bandwidth crisis is growing in Bangladesh. Bangladesh will move out of internet bandwidth in early 2023. As a result, the reality of the country’s internet world may take a more serious shape. Because it is unknown how Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) will solve this crisis.
This is a worrying situation for the national bandwidth provider BSCCL. BSCCL is an International Internet Gateway (IIG) operator; Which is a submarine cable-based network. Bangladesh provides various telecommunication services from this network.
Sources say the problem will be resolved after the country’s third submarine, SEA-ME-WE-7, arrives in mid-2024. However, after the validity of the current bandwidth expires by 2022, there will be no bandwidth in Bangladesh for two years.
Imdadul Haque, the IIG operator of Optimax Communications, told the media that coronal bandwidth usage has increased by about 20 to 25%. During the epidemic, people use the internet for 6 to 8 hours every day. Earlier people used to use it for an average of 2 hours. This growing demand for internet use will continue. As a result, more bandwidth is being used.
He lamented that the crisis was escalating and it was not yet clear how BSCCL would deal with it.
Imdadul Haque said there are options to increase the capacity of submarine cables. BSCCL can take cable or bandwidth from countries like India, Singapore, Myanmar, etc. which have no use.
International Terrestrial Cable (ITC) operators have claimed that they have unlimited capacity to import bandwidth. But it depends on the capabilities of Indian submarine cables and how much bandwidth they can provide to Bangladesh.