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BTRC: No directive issued to suspend broadband internet service

  • Published at 12:10 pm August 5th, 2018
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However, mobile internet connection is already suspended for 24 hours since Saturday night  

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has not given any directive to internet service providers to suspend broadband internet connection, an official says. 

“We have not issued any directive to suspend internet service,” BTRC’s Public Relation Officer Jakir Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.

He made the statement amidst the ongoing student demonstrations demanding safe roads. Social media has been flooded with numerous rumours about the protests. 

Jakir said if any police station asks local internet service providers to suspend internet they will have to inform the BTRC in advance.

However, the telecom regulator directed all mobile phone operators to suspend 3G, 4G internet connections for the next 24 hours since Saturday night, but did not cite any reason behind the step.

Sumon Ahmed Sabir, chief engineer of [email protected] Home, an internet gateway organization, said they have not received any such instruction from the BTRC yet. 

However, many people in Dhaka complained that broadband internet service was down. They said local operators told them that they suspended the service following police’s instruction. 

A subscriber from Mirpur’s Rupnagar said the local operator told him that Rupnagar police station asked the ISP to suspend broadband internet service.