05 Oct

Partial outage on .bd ccTLD on 5th Oct 2016



Bangladesh’s .bd ccTLD faced another outage. As I mentioned in one of the previous posts – .bd domain seems to be primarily on BTCL (AS17494). Zone delegation of .bd is still pending with PCH and while PCH is mentioned in NS records of the authoritative DNS servers but delegation is pending in the root DNS servers as per reply from Kabindra from PCH on the bdNOG mailing list during the last outage.

If we look at root DNS zone .bd has following delegations:


After last outage few people started tracking uptime using RIPE Atlas Probes. Thus this time, we do know about the downtime.

Following RIPE Atlas measurements were tracking the DNS checks on jamuna.btcl.net.bd.
4598529 and 4598527. As per measurement ID 4598529, it wasn’t available from 15:44UTC on 4th Oct till 05:44UTC on 5th Oct 2016. This outage was visible from RIPE Atlas probes hosted in India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Germany.

jamuna.btcl.net.bd. measurement


At this point, it’s not known for the cause of the issue. It was mentioned on the bdNOG mailing list today.

20 Aug

Bangladesh .bd TLD outage on 18th August 2016



Day before yesterday i.e on 18th August 2016 Bangladesh’s TLD .bd went had an outage. It was originally reported by Jasim Alam on bdNOG mailing list.


His message shows that DNS resolution of BTCL (Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd) was failing. Later Alok Das that it was the power problem resulting in outage.

Let’s look ask one of 13 root DNS server about NS records on who has the delegation for .bd.

So two of out of these three seem to be on BTCL network and that too on same /24.


Let’s ping to all these three using NLNOG Ring node of bdHUB: bdhub01.ring.nlnog.net

So clearly all three servers are in Bangladesh/local as per super low latency from bdHUB node. From traces from outside India it’s quite unlikely of any other anycast node outside Bangladesh. This is a serious design issue. For a country’s TLD one should have much more resiliency.

My good friend Fakrul from APNIC mentioned on mailing list about PCH becoming secondary for .bd. Same is visible now in the authority NS records of the domain.

dig @dns.bd. bd. ns +short


So once the same is added on root DNS servers, it will bring up bit more resiliency with PCH’s platform with large number of anycast nodes.

So what was impact of this outage?
Well, probably a lot. .bd TLD outage would have brought down a lot of websites running on .bd domain. Any fresh DNS lookup would have failed, any websites with lower TTL would have went down. As per bdIX traffic graph some disturbance is visible across that day.

bdix drop