International Submarine Cable fault affects internet in Pakistan

“More internet capacity will be added within a couple of days” said PTCL spokesperson regarding the submarine cable situation

PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) has issued an official notification on twitter claiming that they are working to fix the issue caused in international submarine cable. Reports suggests that the faults are in sea areas very close to Karachi. These faults are causing major problems especially during peak internet usage hours thus disturbing work in offices.

“A fault in one of the international submarine cable’s near Karachi is affecting some traffic in peak hours”. “Work is underway to remove a fault reported in one of the international submarine cables in the sea near Karachi that affected some traffic” said PTA regarding the situation.

PTA also added that they have appointed operators to ensure zero disturbance in the internet. However, alternate arrangements to provide uninterrupted services to the users have been provided through additional bandwidth to meet the requirements.

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Additionally reports suggests, there was a disturbance of one terabyte in the countries internet speed. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is now working towards fixing the problem by shifting the traffic to other submarine cables.

However, even after the alternatives Pakistan Telecommunication Authority still says that user’s would face low speed internet for a couple of days. With fault in one of the six cables, experts say that internet speed will go down by 25%.

According to reports this damage in the cable was a result of some vessel activity. CEO ‘Nayatel‘ Wahaj Siraj said “Peak hours of the internet are from 6 to 11, and complaints started after 7 today”. Internet services are bad since then. A spokesman from (PTCL) regarding the internet situation said that more a capacity addition is underway.

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