Thursday, June 30, 2005

Major Internet Disruption In Pakistan Continues

An AP newswire article, via InformationWeek:

A major disruption in Pakistan's Internet services went into its fourth day on Thursday, and an official said it would take at least two more days to fix the problem.

A fault was detected Monday in the undersea communications cable linking Pakistan's Internet users with the rest of the world. The damage was more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) out in the Arabian Sea southwest off Karachi, Pakistan's main port.

About 10 million Internet subscribers were reportedly affected.

Officials from state-run Pakistan Telecommunication Co. Ltd., or PCTL, have said they are using a satellite backup to ease the Internet disruption, as well as some related international telephone and cell phone problems.

Domestic telephone lines were working normally, said PCTL spokesman Ali Qadir Gilani.

Repair work on the cable has started, a PCTL spokesman said Thursday.

A repair ship has arrived from Dubai and "will pull up the cable (to the surface), then workers will remove the fault and it will be lowered into the sea again," Gilani said. "This will take the next two, three days."

Airlines, banks and the country's main stock exchange in the southern city of Karachi--some of the worst-hit sectors relying heavily on the Internet--have been put on the satellite backup, said Mushkoor Hussain, another PTCL official.


At Fri Jul 01, 12:54:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Suresh Ramasubramanian said...

That's the SEA-ME-WE3 cable, and the monopoly telco in pakistan, PTC, appears to have exclusive landing rights on it, and is being locally blamed for this mess.

More on the SANOG (south asia NOG) mailing list, from a Pakistani operator -


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