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Submarine cable damage disrupts internet speed across Pakistan

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KARACHI: A cable cut in submarine cable system at a distance of almost 400 km off the coast of Pakistan is causing internet disruption across the country, local media reported.

The TW1 cable system spans 1,300 km connecting Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman.

According to the statement issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), internet services could cause disruption across Pakistan due to a cut reported in Trans World (TW1) submarine cable system.

A statement from PTA said, “A cable cut has been reported in Trans World (TW1) submarine cable system at about 6 PM on Monday, this fault has caused an outage of international bandwidth and may result in degradation of internet services for users of Transworld bandwidth.”

A statement issued by PTA in this regard further stated that is arranging ad hoc bandwidth in order to minimize the impact.

“The consortium is arranging ad hoc bandwidth to minimize the impact. Efforts are going on to ascertain the exact location of the fault and expected restoration time,” it added.

In December last year, some internet users experienced downgraded speeds during peak hours as a fault had been developed in the international submarine cable, SMW4, operated by the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) in the Indian ocean.

PTA said in a statement from the telecommunication authority said that alternate measures to provide uninterrupted internet services to the users have been taken on a priority basis to meet capacity requirements including additional ad hoc bandwidth in the system.

It further said that work is underway to fully restore the internet services at the earliest. “The PTA is monitoring the situation and will continue to update on it,” it concluded.

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