Undersea Cable Cut Disrupts Internet Services Across Pakistan

Pakistan’s internet services are currently experiencing minor disruptions as a low-load submarine cable South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) developed a fault that reduced internet speed by nearly one terabyte.

While the SEA-ME-WE 4 cable is currently down, industry sources have told that it is a low-load cable, and internet connectivity is expected to be unaffected due to the small impact. In this regard, a PTCL spokesperson stated, “With regard to the AAE-1 International Submarine cable cut, we have arranged alternate channels for bandwidth to meet the requirements of internet usage in Pakistan.

” This has resulted in a better customer experience while having no significant impact on services. More capacity will be added within the next few days. Customers may experience minor service degradation across the country until more bandwidth is added.”

Repair work on the SEA-ME-WE 4 cable is expected to begin soon, according to reports.

Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria, and France are all linked by the (SEA-ME-WE 4) submarine communications cable system.

The submarine cable is about 18,800 kilometers long and is made up of two fiber pairs. It was ready for service on December 13, 2005, with an initial design capacity of 1.28Tbps that was upgraded to 4.6Tbps in 2015. The project is estimated to cost $500 million and involves 16 telecom operators.

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