BTRC redefines broadband internet, speed extended upto 20 Mbps

BTRC redefines broadband internet, speed extended upto 20 Mbps


Published: 12:42 23 November 2021   Updated: 13:52 23 November 2021

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Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has decided in a recent meeting to change the definition and speed of broadband internet in the country. It redefines the 20 Mbps speed or higher internet connection as “broadband”. 

Posts and Telecommunications Division has already approved the new speed and definition of broadband. With this, National Broadband Policy 2009 is going to be amended. Besides, the draft of the National Broadband Policy 2023 has already been prepared.

“For now, the broadband internet speed will be 20 Mbps or more,” said Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar. “With the amount of bandwidth currently being used in the country, the broadband speed should not be more than 10 Mbps. As a result, it has been extended.” 

He said mobile internet is a “temporary” solution, however, broadband is real. “We have to go back to it,” he added. 

It is learned that the broadband internet speed has changed 6 times in 10 years from 2008 to 2018. The definition of broadband was fixed at 128 kbps in 2008, 512 kbps in 2011, 1 Mbps in 2013, 2 Mbps in 2015, 5 Mbps in 2016 and 10 Mbps in 2016. If the speed was less than these – it was called “narrowband”. For 2021, the broadband speed is fixed at 20 Mbps.  

According to the relevant sources, the draft of the 2023 broadband policy has already made a proposal to fix the speed of broadband in the short, medium and long term. 

The proposal sets the broadband speed at 30 Mbps in 2023 for the short term target, 2 Gbps (gigabits per second) in 2031 for the medium term and 10 Gbps in 2041 for the long term target.