PTCL says disruption in submarine cables
A slow country-wide internet speed was reported in Pakistan Tuesday morning with users facing slow browsing speed and quality issues.
The services were disrupted due to a fault in the international submarine SEA-ME-WE 4 cable, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said. The fault occurred late Monday night.
According to PTCL, internet speed in the country has decreased by one terabyte. A spokesperson said that customers will face further connectivity issues when internet traffic is high.
He added that in the meantime, PTCL is trying to transfer internet traffic on alternate channels. “More capacity will be added within a couple of days. Customers might face slight service degradation across the country till the addition of more bandwidth.”
The cause and exact location of the fault is being determined. But we aren’t sure when the problem will be resolved, the spokesperson added.
Southeast Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4 is an optical fibre submarine communications cable system that carries telecommunications between Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, and Algeria.