The telecom regulator has withdrawn the cap on speed of uploading contents on the Internet this year to track down illegal use of voice over internet protocol (VoIP).
A BTRC official said the regulator directed the international internet gateways (IIG) to slash the upload speed by 75 percent on May 15 this year.
The IIGs are responsible to supply internet bandwidth to the internet service providers (ISP). ISPs including the mobile or Wimax operators reach the bandwidth to the end users.
But the regulator directed to shrink the upload speed up to 90 percent for some hours, said the BTRC official.
Later on today, the BTRC ordered the IIGs to supply full bandwidth.
“It was merely a routine work. We did it earlier too to monitor the illegal routs of VoIP,” Sunil Kanti Bose, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), told The Daily Star confirming the withdrawal.
According to officials, the regulator slashed the upload speed to identify the illegal VoIP users as the same upload and download speed is required to make VoIP calls.
Internet users in Bangladesh generally engage 90 percent for data downloading and the rest for uploading.
But when people use bandwidth for Skype or uploading video or large files, those engaged in freelancing and outsourcing businesses or providing content were facing problems, said Sumon Ahmed Sabir, chief strategic officer of Fibre@Home, a transmission and IIG company.
Someone from outside the country wants to visit any site hosted in Bangladesh faced slow experience for this, he said.
“But we are getting the normal same download and upload speed since this morning,” he said.
Embassies, government agencies, banks, financial institutions and software development business houses were kept out of purview of the directives.