KARACHI: Internet speed in Pakistan slowed down to half on Saturday after international infrastructure partially collapsed.
Three out of the total six cables connecting Pakistan to the world have developed faults one after the other in the last couple of months.
Among the three faulty cables, the latest one is the submarine cable system IMEWE [India-Middle East-Western Europe] which developed a fault early on Saturday morning.
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) operates the cable in Pakistan, as part of the international consortium owns the cable worldwide.
PTCL General Manager Imran Janjua told The Express Tribune that the fault occurred near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. “A team representing the international consortium has been activated to diagnose the fault and remove this.
“The team will shortly submit a report disclosing cause of the fault and the estimated time required for repair.
“The repair would definitely take a few days depending upon nature of the fault,” he said.
Internet users may continue to face the situation for quite a long time, as another cable SEA-ME-WE4, also owned by PTCL, is already under repair by an international consortium for over one-month now.
The cable carries fault in Karachi, Pakistan region.
The third faulty cable connecting Pakistan to the world, TW-1 which is owned by Transworld, is lying faulty for over a month now as well.
The disruption in the global internet infrastructure has impacted broadband users from all walks of life in Pakistan, including mobile broadband 3G/4G/LTE users, landline users and corporate users having dedicated speed connections.
The speed would have gone dead-slow if Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTC) had not connected the country to the world via the latest and the largest submarine cable (AAE1) last month.
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