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Fault in submarine cable affects internet speed in Pakistan

Sources say repair work on SEA-ME-WE 4 will be completed in January 2022

By Web Desk
December 21, 2021
Image courtesy ars Technica
Image courtesy ars Technica 

A fault in the submarine cable Tuesday has affected the internet speed in the country after which the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd  (PTCL) started to shift internet traffic to other cables.

South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) is an optical fibre 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 industry sources, the fault in submarine cable has affected internet speed in the country that will create problems for users at peak hours.

Sources added that the repair work on SEA-ME-WE 4 will be completed in January 2022.

Meanwhile, PTCL issued a statement saying that arrangements had been made for "alternate bandwidth".

"In the next few days, additional bandwidth will be added," the statement said.

In this period, internet speeds will be "slightly affected", the statement warned users.