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Under Sea Cable Cut Slows Down Internet Across Pakistan



smw4 Under Sea Cable Cut Slows Down Internet Across PakistanSMW4, one of the four undersea internet cables that connects Pakistan to rest of the world, has been damaged in the segment 4 beyond Egypt for currently unknown reasons, impacting the internet speeds for majority of internet users with-in Pakistan.

This is second undersea cable that got damaged in parallel, resulting into serious browsing issues for Pakistani internet users.

The Estimated Time To Repair (ETTR) has not been announced as of yet, as PTCL and Transworld, the two lessee’s of the cable for Pakistan are in communication with SEAMEWE-4 consortium members to determine the time it will take to repair the cable.

Internet service providers estimates that around 40% of customers may experience slow browsing.

ISPs said that majority of internet traffic is already shifted to SMW3.

It merits mentioning here that other undersea backhaul data and voice cables namely IMEWE and EIG are also being repaired as they were damaged earlier this month.

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.

The cable is approximately 18,800 kilometres long, and provides the primary Internet backbone between South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Europe.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/yawxir Yasir Mahmood

    I Have a Load Balanced 4X 4Mbps and 1x 8Mbps Lines

    Speed is Wrecked …..

  • saddam

    i m from chichawatni
    and i have no broblem

  • mubashir

    my dsl is woring 100% fine im recieving 250Kb/sec on 2mb internet on 27-march-2013

  • Shumaila

    PTCL is working fine for me and it is much better than other services.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chilli.mili Arslan Waheed

      hehe ok gud luck then.

  • Farrukh

    my internet speed is not affected… received round 250 to 300kb/s on my 2mb connection…

  • Farrukh

    My 2MB Connection status…

  • farrukh

    My 2MB Connection status

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohsin.mahesar Mohsin Mahesar

    ok, now just tell me k internet kab theek hoga, kal se 8ball pool nahi kheli, :’(

  • Dee Baig

    No doubt we all need Internet with good speed but unfortunately
    the companies who earn trough internet (Call Centers, Web hosting, online trading etc) are facing
    very tough time and almost losing out their business because of this sad accident.

    Let us pray that the problem we are facing would be fixed shortly.

  • mustafa

    i got same speed 200-250 on 2 mb

  • IronMan

    Dont worry IronMan will be fixing the cables down there….

  • http://www.facebook.com/yawxir Yasir Mahmood

    Congrats on getting a PTCL Less Connection
    And In My Uni(NUML)..Speed is Something AweSome..

    6.1Mega Bytes Per Sec(48.5Mbps)
    They Got a Pern Pakistans Dedicated 52Mbps Optical Lines ,

  • Adil

    Ptcl built all this infrastructure with governments money that is peoples money not there own.
    you should get the speed you pay for all the time

  • Adil

    why not we pay for it dont we?

  • Muqaddus Khan

    Without taking any sides I would agree all the bereaved parties are right. The users need the speed they are paying for and on the other hand we also have to consider what is humanly possible. I agree that the underwater cable issue is out of anyone`s hand except the people who are fixing it. PTCL should exert maximum pressure on them to fix the problem.

  • Haider

    Dude PTCL has many rivals for example Wi-tribe, Wateen, Qubee, Dot net etc, but PTCL is giving much better services in terms of rates and speed, that is why they cannot compete with PTCL.

  • Tabinda Omar

    Where is Linkdotnet getting its service from??? There has been severe disruptions because of the cut underwater, how can linkdotnet give normal service??? May be they do not use the same medium as the rest of the world, or have they rung Asgard and Thor is right now fixing the damaged cable? Come on dude, talk sense!!! As far as I know, browsing and streaming is working on PTCL. Cant say about others, I only use PTCL.

  • Jibran

    Asif I do not have any issues with PTCL. It is working smoothly.

  • Sharjeel

    As far as linkdotnet is concerned,
    the damaged cable is an international issue. How is it possible, that
    the whole world is suffering and
    linkdotnet is working fine?

  • Zeshan

    Yes, I also have seen the news that some drivers are responsible for cutting the
    cable. You are right without proper information we should not blame anyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RizzYaqoob Rizwan Yaqoob

    Advertising ka koi chance jaye na haath se :P

  • Rabia Khan

    Aamir look into this Article.

    Global internet slows after ‘biggest attack in history’

    on {BBC(dot)co(dot)uk ] in “Tech”

  • http://www.facebook.com/RizzYaqoob Rizwan Yaqoob

    lucky guy! finally, you found others :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/RizzYaqoob Rizwan Yaqoob

    I was actually pointing about current situation, bhaijan!

  • http://www.facebook.com/RizzYaqoob Rizwan Yaqoob

    Gas pipelines k baad Under water cables bhi safe nahi ab ._.

  • Awais

    Brother, this damaged cable has affected global network, and almost all of the services encountered problems no one can do anything about it.

  • Shajahan

    Osama if you are getting enough speed and still unable to download, then evidently problem is not with the connection, the problem is at your end. Configure your network settings and upgrade your PC.

  • yousuck

    Video streaming has taken a hit no doubt but otherwise it is going fine.

  • yousuck

    When it comes to reliability wateen and wi tribe are way better than PTCL, Trust me on this.