Internet services disrupted in Pakistan as undersea cable develops fault

While the work to remove the fault is continuing, the internet service providers ISPs are being shifted to the spare capacity maintained by the company, said a senior executive of the Trans World Associates. The TWA and the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd PTCL are the two licence holders for international landing stations of submarine cables.

PTI | Islamabad | Updated: 18-02-2021 14:26 IST | Created: 18-02-2021 14:21 IST
Internet services disrupted in Pakistan as undersea cable develops fault
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Internet services were hampered in Pakistan on Thursday as the country's telecom authority said one of its six international undersea cables developed a fault.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said the international submarine cable system near Abu Talat, Egypt, developed the glitch on Wednesday.

The authority acknowledged lower internet speeds and frequent outages.

The PTA said the fault developed at SEA-ME-WE 5 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5), which is operated by the Trans World Associates (TWA).

The Dawn newspaper reported that the TWA had communicated about the service degradation in international connectivity towards Europe and said that repair work was underway through international counterparts in Egypt. "While the work to remove the fault is continuing, the internet service providers (ISPs) are being shifted to the spare capacity maintained by the company," said a senior executive of Trans World Associates. The TWA and the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) are the two license holders for international landing stations of submarine cables. While the TWA operates SEA-ME-WE 5 and TW-1 (Transworld), the PTCL submarine cable network comprises SMW-3, SMW-4, I-ME-WE and AAE-1.

The TWA systems cater to about 40 percent of internet traffic in Pakistan and the company executive acknowledged that the internet users across the country will experience downgraded speeds until the users are shifted.

The fault has occurred in the cable system coming from France and the TWA executive said ISPs were in the process of shifting the load to other submarine systems coming from Singapore, according to the Dawn newspaper.

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