Under Sea Cable Cut Slows Down Internet Across Pakistan

smw4SMW4, 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.


  • Alex

    Inspite of this matter PTCL has always lame excuses. Don’t know when they are going to fix this shit.

    • disqusting

      PTCL isn’t responsible for fixing this shit. Its SMW4 thats gonna fix it.

  • Alex

    To be honest Sometimes its good, sometimes its like shit.

  • shahbaz

    torrents are working fine for me but the browsing is hell slow….

  • Ali Tahir

    Internet speed at my office sucked big time. However my residence internet connection is working flawlessly

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

    Speed is Wrecked …..

  • Daniyal Shahid

    Not sure if it is the cable cut of the world wide DDoS attack going on.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/spamhaus-cyberbunker-ddos-attack-2013-3

  • Bilal Iqbal
  • Rabia Khan

    Aamir, look into this News. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21954636
    “Global internet slows after ‘biggest attack’ in history”

  • Salman Abbas

    That and the internet experienced the ‘biggest attack in history’ today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21954636

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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….

  • Ammar Ahmed Khan

    Hi,
    i’m IT Consultant and my job relies totally oninternet just like many other people here. i think we should not blame any isp here because i believe they are trying there best to provide internet. As for ptcl if you try to ping google.com.pk you will notice latency around 400ms and some time even tumeouts. so you shall atleast thank to isp if thy are giving you slow internet through some backup channel. hopefully this issue would be resolved by Monday InshaAllah otherwise our IT industry would suffer alot.

    regards,
    Ammar Ahmed Khan