Bangladesh slows down internet speeds ahead of election

Supporters of Bangladesh Awami League take out an election rally ahead of the general election in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. (AP/PTI)

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. (Reporting by Krishna N. Das Editing by Paul Tait)

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