Due to a breakdown in subsea fiber cables, Internet performance in Pakistan has dropped. While accessing social media platforms, many in particular noticed the slow internet.
The problem became apparent when internet users saw that their social media platforms, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and other platforms, loaded slowly. Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities took notice of the situation.
However, the issue not only confined to fiber broadband.
“There were problems on both DSL and mobile data, but only for a few minutes,” said Aamir Allawala, Tecno Pack Electronics’ chief executive officer.
Similarly, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) issued a statement indicating that the internet had been disrupted by underwater cable faults located outside of Pakistan. “There was the detection of two submarine cables earlier in AAE-1 and SEAMEWE-5 near Egypt,” according to the regulator’s announcement.
Although the lines via the operation restored, another cut in the (India-Middle East-Western Europe) IMEWE in Italy is still in process of restoration.
While there has been a minor internet outage in Pakistan, telecom traffic has returned to normal. The impact of the subsea cable cutting, however, not only limits to Pakistan. It has had an impact on internet users in a number of countries.
The failure of subsea cables impacted an entire region
According to NetBlocks, a global internet monitoring service, the subsea cable failure impacted the internet in a number of nations. According to the report, the hardest hits were portions of Asia and Africa.
It added in a statement that the disruptions were “consistent with a disruption in international transits.”
Many submarine cables, including the Asia-Africa-Europe 1, have already begun to be repaired (AAE-1). It’s a 25,000-kilometer submarine cable that connects Southeast Asia and Europe. Egypt, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Saudi Arabia, Italy, France, and other countries and territories are connected by this cable system.
SEA-ME-WE 5 (South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 5) is another undersea cable system that has gone live. It is a telecommunications system that connects Singapore and France using optical fiber. It is 20,000 kilometers long and has a capacity of 24 terabits per second for broadband internet.
The IMEWE (India-Middle East-Western Europe) cable is also undergoing maintenance. It connects India and Europe and is 12,091 kilometers long.
There are calls for backup solutions to deal with unexpected internet outages
While internet customers have reported slow speeds, Pakistan’s telecom authority, the PTA, has not stated that the problem is of major proportions. Experts have warned, however, that “repercussions” may be on the way.
SI Global Solutions CEO Noman Ahmed Said highlighted his concern about Pakistan’s slow internet owing to broken subsea fiber connections. Working from home, he claims, is a growing trend in the country. Those who may have been most harmed by the subsea cable’s impact on their broadband experience. Students, he added, require a stable internet connection for instructional purposes.
In situations like this, Ahmed stressed the need of having backup mechanisms in place.
“We expect that our technical teams will be better equipped in the future to deal with such disasters and that we will have a trustworthy floating measure in place to sustain temporarily during the repair period in order to avoid any losses,” he said.
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