The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has said that a breakdown in the ‘submarine cable‘ at Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates could cause problems for internet users in Pakistan.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the PTA said that the repair work of the cable has been completed and work is underway to make it fully operational.
“PTA is monitoring the situation and will keep users updated.”
Earlier last night, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) had said that “a 25,000 km long Asia Europe Double AE One cable near Dubai has broken down.”
PTCL said in a statement.
“Internet speed in Pakistan has slowed down due to cable failure”.
A company spokesman said the 40-terabyte main underwater cable had broken down near Fujairah, diverting Internet data traffic to other low-capacity cables.
The spokesman said that repairing 40 terabyte internet cables could take several days.
What are the sources of the internet in Pakistan?
Pakistan has six underground cables and surface-to-ground resources that connect it to the rest of the world via the Internet and provide consumers with access to a wider world of information.
Be it submarine cables or fiber optic cables supplied from China, both reach Pakistan under PTCL, Trans World, and government management to connect Pakistan with different countries of the world.
According to the Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan (SPEC), an organization of Internet traffic organizations in Pakistan, PTCL and Transworld are responsible for providing Internet in Pakistan. As Internet service providers, PTCL and Transworld also provide data services to their customers, while other telecom companies and other ISPs also provide these services.
According to the data available regarding internet supply, PTCL provides internet directly or through other means at more than 2,000 locations in the country, with speeds of up to 100 Mbps. Combined with TransWorld and PTCL data, Pakistan as a whole has a bandwidth of 2500 Gbps.
According to data available from the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) as of December 2020, about 44% (93 million) of the country’s population has access to the Internet.
Pakistani users have access to the internet from about 18 sources including DSL, fiber optic, mobile broadband, WiMAX, satellite.
Talking to Urdu News about the growth of the telecom sector in Pakistan, telecom expert Yasir Amin said that cable internet and broadband connections are generally recognized as one user but it is generally observed that these connections are sometimes used by dozens of users. Are using On this basis, it is said that the number of people with access to the internet connection in the country will be 60% or more of the country’s population.