Internet disrupted across Pakistan

Internet services in Pakistan faced major disruption as one of its international submarine cables faulted on Wednesday

Feb 18, 2021
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Internet services in Pakistan faced major disruption as one of its international submarine cables faulted on Wednesday. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) confirmed the development, reported Dawn. 

An international submarine cable system near Abu Talat, Egypt faulted, causing degradation in the services. The Trans World Associates (TWA), the company that operates the cable, also confirmed the problem and said the repair was going to restore the connectivity. 

“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,” a senior executive of the TWA was quoted as saying by Dawn. 

The report says the TWA and the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) are the two license holders for international landing stations of submarine cables.

The problem 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. 

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