Slow meshing of Bay of Bengal region

Posted on January 10, 2017  /  0 Comments

According to Twitter, some people are without Internet in Bangkok today.

India is also supposed to have experienced problems with the Tata Indicom Cable connecting Chennai and Singapore. But they had back up options, running traffic through Bangladesh. The report below indicates that this resulted in higher bandwidth use (good) and a discernible degradation of Internet service quality (bad) for Bangladesh users. This is possibly because Bangladesh still primarily depends on SEA-ME-WE 4 to connect to the outside. When SEA-ME-WE 5 is cut over, the negatives of meshing will hopefully decline.

The use of bandwidth in Bangladesh more than doubled year-on-year to 380 gigabits per second in 2016, driven by local contents and expansion of 3G services.

The number of internet users was 5.41 crore at the end of 2015, which rose to 6.68 crore in September 2016, according to data from Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission or BTRC.

The Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh said the bandwidth used at the end of 2016 was no less than 400gbps.

The use of bandwidth increased at a time when Bangladesh is experiencing a slow internet connection because of breakdowns in three Indian undersea cables.

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