Bangladesh slows down mobile internet speeds ahead of election

Reuters
Dhaka, Bangladesh Published: Dec 28, 2018, 09:14 AM(IST)

Bangladesh polls Photograph:( Reuters )

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The report said people using the internet on their phones would not be able to stream or upload pictures or videos after the order was issued late on Thursday by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

Bangladesh has ordered the shutdown of high-speed mobile internet services ahead of this weekend's national election, the Daily Star reported on Friday citing an email sent to mobile operators by the telecom authority.

The newspaper said people using the internet on their phones would not be able to stream or upload pictures or videos after the order was issued late on Thursday by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

Reuters could not reach BTRC officials on Friday, a public holiday in Bangladesh, and there was no notification on the commission's website. However, a Reuters reporter could still use 4G services on his phone on Friday morning.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League is seeking its third straight term in Sunday's election against the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which boycotted the last vote in 2014.

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