In less than three days, another massive internet outage hits parts of Pakistan where people complained about the disruption in internet services. The news was also confirmed by the internet outage tracking website, NetBlocks, which said; “A nation-scale internet disruption has been registered in #Pakistan; the incident affects multiple providers including PTCL, Nayatel with real-time network data showing connectivity at 38% of ordinary levels.”
⚠️ Confirmed: A nation-scale internet disruption has been registered in #Pakistan; the incident affects multiple providers including PTCL, Nayatel and StormFiber with real-time network data showing connectivity at 38% of ordinary levels 📉
— NetBlocks (@netblocks) August 22, 2022
Internet Outage Was Reported at 2300 PKT
As per details, the internet outage was reported at 2300 Pakistan Standard Time when major internet services such as; PTCL, NayaTel, Stormfiber, Zong, Ufone, Telenor, etc, went down. However, the cause of the frequent internet disruption stays unclear whether it is due to a submarine cable fault or the recent flash flooding caused by monsoon rains.
On 19th August 2022, the internet services went down from 7 AM to 2 PM. The users of almost all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and mobile networks faced problems in internet connectivity however the issue was later addressed by the PTA when the telecom authority said that the customers are facing disruption in internet services due to flash flooding situation. “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,” reads the tweet.
Netizens Trended #InternetDown Once Again
Three days back #InternetDown was the top trend due to the aforementioned issue, however, the thread came back to life when users have to encounter the same issue in less than one week. A user connected frequent internet outages with the current political situation in the country as he wrote; “In Pakistan, we can’t speak, they blocked the internet across Pakistan. We are under the rule of dictators. Shame! Shame!”
— Insafian (@RealYasir__Khan) August 22, 2022