Internet services disrupted across Pakistan as submarine cables go offline – Tech

Internet services across the country were affected on Tuesday night, following a failure that developed in international submarine cables connecting Pakistan.

"We regret to inform you that due to the international failure of the submarine cable, internet services are affected throughout Pakistan," Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) said in a Twitter post.

"Our technical teams are working to completely restore Internet services. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and thanks for your patience."

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, in a statement, said: "Due to a failure in the international submarine cable, internet services have been affected."

"As of today, some areas of Pakistan experienced a disruption in services," the PTA spokesman said.

The telecommunications authority said PTCL, along with international organizations, "are working to determine the location where the fault developed."

According to ProPakistani, two submarine cables have been disconnected, interrupting internet in Pakistan.

"IMEWE and SEAMEWE 4, which carry almost 50 percent of Pakistan's Internet traffic, were disconnected due to a fault in a location that has not yet been determined," he said.

Internet users across the country will experience reduced speeds until the fault is repaired, ProPakistani he said, adding that internet service providers "are in the process of moving the cargo to other underwater systems, which will balance the load to some extent."

There was also an Internet outage earlier this year, in June, when services were interrupted due to "multiple cable cuts."

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1513609/internet-services-disrupted-across-pakistan-as-submarine-cables-go-offline

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