The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said that the fault caused by heavy rains and flooding that disrupted the internet connectivity in major parts of Pakistan has been fixed. The telecom regulating body said in a tweet; “The technical fault in data networks which caused internet outage in Pakistan has been resolved.” PTCL also confirmed the development by saying; “Technical fault in the PTCL optic fiber network caused by heavy rains and flooding has been repaired and Internet services have been restored. We regret the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.”
Press Release: The technical fault in data networks which caused internet outage in Pakistan has been resolved.
All #internet services in #Pakistan have been restored to normal. https://t.co/Z27s90cEPO
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) August 19, 2022
Heavy Rain Disrupts Internet Connectivity
Earlier, PTCL reported that its optical fiber network is experiencing “technical faults” due to heavy rains and floods. Meanwhile, PTA also reported the same while ensuring the subscribers that the issue would be resolved soon. The internet connectivity issues were reported from multiple areas of Pakistan including; Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and more.
Internet users trended ‘PTCL’ and ‘internet outage’ on Twitter asking the authorities to resume the services as soon as possible. While other networks were down only Jazz seems to be reportedly working as indicated by a user; ‘Only #Jazz is working today, rest of the networks are down because of #PTCL #internetoutage #internetdown’
— Waqas Kamran (@WaqasKamran) August 19, 2022
Jazz’s head of external communications, Khayyam Siddiqi, said; “Jazz network is by and large unaffected with our robust architecture and multiple layers of protection to provide a consistent experience to our users.” He further added that the provider is experiencing a spike in data traffic following the outages on other networks.
Above Average Rainfall in Pakistan
The Pakistani Meteorological Department (PMD) had forecasted an above-normal rainfall in most parts of the country causing flash flooding. As per details, the monsoon season is set to create another record as Karachi is expected to receive 1,000mm of rainfall and most parts of the port city are already flooded due to the worst torrential downpour.