Internet services restored across Pakistan after submarine cable outage: PTCL

Beth Cruz
August 8, 2017

"The cable is still being repaired and internet connectivity in other affected countries will be restored in a few hours", Naqi added.

Internet services were restored across the country on Sunday after disruption due to a fault in India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) submarine cable, which provides internet bandwidth to Pakistan, near Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

PTCL has undertaken measures to arrange additional/alternate bandwidth through other cable systems & worldwide cable business partners.

In order to minimize the service impact, PTCL has undertaken necessary measures to arrange additional/alternate bandwidth through its other cable systems and worldwide cable business partners, he further pointed out.

He explained that after the fault in the submarine cable in Jeddah, PIA managed to transfer their system to Transworld and PIE - which are used as back-ups in such situations - and as a outcome there were some delays.

"Two worldwide PIA flights - one to Toronto, Canada and another to London, UK - were delayed because of a technical problem in the security scanning machine at Jinnah global Airport in Karachi not because of the internet situation", added Mr Tajwar. Flights to Medina, Manchester and Karachi have also been cancelled.PI-211, which was scheduled to reach Islamabad from Dubai, was cancelled as well.

A fault in the submarine cable caused consumers and businesses across Pakistan to experience major internet disruptions, with many customers complaining of slow browsing speeds. The problem was escalated owing to lack of backup as the other global cable system, SEA-ME-WE 4 was already under fix by the worldwide consortium which led to the more serious situation.

"For government organisations cyber absence may result in huge irreparable loss".

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