Pakistan re-connects to internet as submarine cable fault fixed

Rosalie Stanley
August 8, 2017

He explained that this was an global fault as internet services in Pakistan, India and UAE were affected.

Internet services have been restored across the country after a 38-hour-long disruption caused by a fault in an undersea internet cable, said the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) on Sunday evening.

The disruption prevented airport officials confirming flight schedules and ticket bookings, as a result of which at least eight domestic and worldwide flights at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto global Airport were cancelled earlier today, airport officials said.

According to Mr Janjua, Pakistan suffered more as two other submarine cables - SEA-ME-WE 4 and Transworld - are still being fixed after they were damaged in July.

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PTCL has undertaken measures to arrange additional/alternate bandwidth through other cable systems & global cable business partners.

"There are four PTCL cables, whereas private companies have two". "We made alternate arrangements later and everything is back on track", said PIA Spokesperson Mashood Tajwar, adding that PIA's reservation systems were functioning normally and flights were back on schedule on Sunday.

Apart from hitting other activities, the interruption forced authorities to cancel two domestic and six worldwide flights at capital's only airport.

Flight operations at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto International Airport were restored after the fault was repaired. Flights to Medina, Manchester and Karachi have also been cancelled.PI-211, which was scheduled to reach Islamabad from Dubai, was cancelled as well. Internet users experienced difficulties in internet browsing speed and some even had no internet services at all owing to the fault in IMEWE.

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