BTTB reports 22 cases of fibre-optic sabotage

19 Nov 2007

Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB), the country’s incumbent telco, has attributed recent voice and data services disruptions to deliberate sabotage of Dhaka’s main fibre-optic international link. The cable was cut on two occasions last week, reported by BTTB as the twenty-first and twenty-second cases of disruption since its installation in early 2006. BTTB has 2.8Gbps voice and 1.24Gbps data bandwidth on the SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine link, and according to recent reports, has so far signed up 26,500 broadband internet customers, with several ISPs buying wholesale capacity services.

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