The Smm network has been cut off by the Bangladesh government.
The network has only a handful of subscribers, and only a small number of internet access points.
Al Jazeera has been able to reach some of them with the help of a new app.
The app is called Smm Server.
It is a free app for Android and iOS that is capable of streaming content from the Smi server, which is located in Dhaka.
“We are able to connect some Smi subscribers to the Sms servers and get them to connect to the internet,” said Armin Röder, a Smm client developer who is based in Germany.
Röger said Smm has also been able do the same with other subscribers who were unable to connect due to technical issues.
“The Sms network was the backbone of the internet for Bangladesh in the 1990s,” he said.
The Smi network was cut off in December, 2011.
According to Rönder, the network was initially built in the early 2000s to serve a small rural population in the region.
Since then, Bangladesh has expanded and it now covers nearly the entire country.
But many of its residents have lost access to the Internet, he said, because of the country’s poor broadband infrastructure.
“In the first years, the Smis were the backbone for all internet traffic.
But in the last 10 years, they have been totally destroyed,” he explained.
In Dhaka, however, the government still has access to that infrastructure, Röner said.
That is why he decided to make the app.
“I’m trying to bring back the Smms network,” he told Al Jazeera.
“This is an app that is not only useful for our subscribers, but also for the whole country.”
The app, which Röver developed, is a mobile version of the SmtM service.
The main difference is that it is able to stream content from Smi.
The other major difference is the amount of bandwidth that it uses.
According Röer, it is using around 10 terabits per second.
“It’s a bit slower than a regular Skype call,” he noted.
“But the difference is really small.”
The Smms app also offers a VPN connection that allows users to access the internet from other countries without using a VPN.
Al-Jazeera, meanwhile, has not been able, or willing, to help any of its Smm subscribers with connecting to the smm network.
“Our smm clients are in Bangladesh and we are not in Bangladesh,” said Röter.
“So we do not know what is happening with the smi network.”
“The reason we have not been helping any Smi client is because of technical reasons,” he added.
“There is a problem with our mobile apps, which are not compatible with the internet.”
Al Jazeera’s mobile app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.
“You can download the Smsm Server app on your phone and stream Smm content,” he stated.
“Or you can download our mobile app for mobile phones.”
The service is also available in the US, but that is a bit more complicated.
The US government has issued a ban on the Smims, as has the Bangladesh Telecommunications Authority.
“If the government were to remove our Smm service from the internet, it would be very hard for Bangladesh to reach people without internet,” Rörer said.
“Because the internet is so important to the Bangladeshi people, it will be difficult for them to access it.”
In a recent letter to the government, Al Jazeera said that the Smys network had been cut entirely.
“For the past 10 years the Bangladesh Ministry of Information Technology has not had access to internet access in the country, and so our Smims subscribers have been cut completely off from their networks,” the company wrote.
“These Smims have lost all of their internet access, and are unable to access any of the websites, email, chat rooms or other services that were available to them.”
Al- Jazeera will continue to monitor the situation in Bangladesh as it relates to Smms.
“As an independent news source, we will always do our best to protect our sources and keep them safe,” the organisation said in a statement.
“Al Jazeera English will continue its mission to ensure that Bangladesh is a vibrant democracy.”
Al Roker contributed reporting to this report.