A submarine cable fault has affected the internet speed in the country after which the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) started to shift internet traffic to other cables. According to the sources in PTA, a fault in one of the international submarine cables, the SMW4, has been recorded, resulting in slow internet services across Pakistan.
The submarine cable fault disrupted internet services in many other countries
The southeast Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) is an optical fiber submarine communications cable system that carries telecommunications between Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria, and France. According to sources, Pakistan’s total bandwidth capacity has been reduced by roughly 20% as a result of submarine cable fault. The situation is being monitored by the relevant authorities, and PTA has urged PTCL to increase capacity on other cables in order to combat slow internet services in Pakistan.
The eastbound traffic is severely hampered due to pending difficulties that need rectification. As much of the traffic to and from Pakistan passes through India and Singapore, the impact may be larger than usual. Until the issue is completely resolved, which might take hours, days, or weeks, internet users across the country are expected to experience slower internet speeds.
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Source: Pro Pakistani