Pakistan to suffer slow internet after cable fault

Pakistan to face slow internet due to'outage in international submarine cable systems

Internet services were restored after the 38-hour-long disruption caused by a fault in the India-Middle East-Western Europe (I-ME-WE) submarine cable, the PTCL spokesman said. "Experts initially thought the cut was under the sea but after a bit of research, they figured out that the cable that was cut is on land".

"The cable is still being repaired and internet connectivity in other affected countries will be restored in a few hours", Naqi added.

A fault occurred near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in one of the global submarine cable systems IMEWE early Saturday that providing internet bandwidth to Pakistan.

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He said that PTCL had invested in four global cable systems (SMW-3, SMW-4, IMEWE and AAE-1).

He explained that after the fault in the submarine cable in Jeddah, PIA managed to transfer their system to Transworld and PIE - which are used as back-ups in such situations - and as a effect there were some delays.

The disruption in the India-Middle East-Western Europe submarine cable prevented airport officials confirming flight schedules and ticket bookings, as a result of which at least eight flights domestic and worldwide flights were cancelled earlier today, Dawn news quoted airport officials as saying.

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Among the cancelled flights were Dubai-bound PA210, Manchester-bound 701, Madina-bound NL705 and Karachi-bound PA201, according to flight inquiry.

'Due to this, customers will experience slow internet browsing.

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"For government organisations cyber absence may result in huge irreparable loss".

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