Internet services fully restored in Pakistan: PTCL

Internet users faced difficulties in accessing online content after international submarine cable developed fault

Usman Hanif October 30, 2019

KARACHI: A day after countrywide disruption, internet services in Pakistan were fully restored early Wednesday.

In a statement issued on Twitter, Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) said the SMQ-4 submarine cable fault was rectified and internet services restored.

Furthermore, it clarified that the “submarine cable AAE1” was not down during the outage.

There were faults in two submarine cables, PTCL spokesperson Fariha Shah told The Express Tribune. "Our teams worked overnight to resolve the issue," said Shah, adding that the technical problem was resolved.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority also confirmed the restoration.

Submarine cable fault disrupts internet services in Pakistan

Internet users faced difficulties in accessing online content after the international submarine cable developed a technical fault, apparently due to Cyclone Kyarr in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday.

Source privy to the development told The Express Tribune that the underwater cable developed two faults - one near Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and another near the Pakistani sea-belt.

Shah declined to comment on the nature of the fault, saying that her technical team has not yet informed her about the fault.

The disruption in the global internet infrastructure impacted the broadband user from all walks of life, including mobile broadband 3G/4G/LTE users as well as landline users as the PTCL submarine lines are the base of all internet in the country.

Though lagging pace with developed countries, Pakistan is fast moving towards digitalisation and automation which highly depends on the internet. New digital services like Uber, Careem, Bykia, Foodpanda, Daraz etc also work on the internet and can be extremely affected with such slowdowns.

It may be mentioned here that the marine cables developed a fault in July 2017, it took more than a month to locate the position where the fault had occurred.


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