Pakistanis face slow internet speed as submarine cable develops fault

Published: December 15, 2019
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PTCL says it’s working to remove technical fault in International Submarine Cable AAE-1 in Doha. REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE

PTCL says it’s working to remove technical fault in International Submarine Cable AAE-1 in Doha. REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE

Users in Pakistan may face slow internet speed as services are impacted due to technical fault in the International Submarine Cable AAE-1 in Doha, the national telecommunication service provider said on Sunday night.

“PTCL in conjunction with the International Submarine Consortium, is working to fully restore internet services across the country,” the Pakistan Telecommunication Limited said in a message on social media.

“We regret the inconvenience caused to our customers and will notify you as soon as the services are fully restored. Thank you for your patience,” it added.

However, three hours after issuing the warning, PTCL announced that the services were restored across the country. “The technical fault that occurred in the International Submarine Cable AAE-1 near Doha has been rectified and fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience. We thank you for your patience!,” it said in a tweet.

Users faced a major drop in internet speed in October when two major international submarine cables – connecting people to the world – developed technical fault.

The two out of the total six cables – IMEWE (India Middle East Western Europe) and SEAMEWE 4 (South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4) – connecting Pakistan to the world of internet had developed faults.

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