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Mobile internet shutdown in Bangladesh

October 15, 2021
Bangladesh mobile operators GrameenPhone, Robi Axiata and Banglalink were ordered to shutdown service today in the wake of attacks on religious sites.

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) ordered 3G and 4G data services to be shut down at 5am local (23:00 UTC) in an attempt to quell violence stemming from attacks on Hindu temples over the alleged dishonouring of the Quran amid recent religious celebrations.

According to Kentik NetFlow data, traffic to the big three mobile providers of Bangladesh began flowing again after approximately 11 hours of downtime. GrameenPhone traffic stopped at 23:00 UTC (5:00am local) and returned at 10:11 UTC (4:11pm local). Robi Axiata was down between 22:55 UTC (4:55am local) and 10:14 UTC (4:14pm local) and Banglalink was down between 22:21 UTC (4:21am local) and 10:35 UTC (4:35pm local).

Doug Madory

Doug Madory is the director of internet analysis for Kentik where he works on internet infrastructure analysis. The Washington Post dubbed him “The Man who can see the Internet” for his reputation in identifying significant developments in the global layout of the internet. Doug is regularly quoted by major news outlets about developments ranging from national blackouts to BGP hijacks to the activation of submarine cables. Prior to Kentik, he was the lead analyst for Oracle’s internet intelligence team (formerly Dyn Research and Renesys).

Twitter: @DougMadory

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