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Fault in submarine cables disrupts internet services across Pakistan

Fault in submarine cables disrupts internet services across Pakistan

LAHORE – Entire Pakistan is facing problems in accessing the internet owing to a fault in two international submarine cables which has impacted the services.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) issued a statement on social media, saying their teams are working on fully restoring internet services.

“We regret to inform you that due to international submarine cable fault, internet services are impacted across Pakistan. Our technical teams are working on fully restoring internet services,” it said in a tweet.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience.” 

According to tech-news website, two submarine cables have gone offline, disrupting internet in Pakistan.

"IMEWE and SEAMEWE 4, that carry almost 50 per cent of Pakistan’s internet traffic, went offline due to a fault at a location that’s yet not determined," it said.

Internet users across the country will experience downgraded speeds until the fault is fixed, ProPakistani reported, adding that, internet service providers "are in the process of shifting the load to other submarine systems, that will balance the load to an extent".

An internet outage also occurred earlier this year, in June, when services were disrupted due to "multiple cable cuts".