Multiple Submarine Cables Go Offline, Leaving Pakistan with Crawling Internet

At least three submarine cables, connecting Pakistan with rest of the world, have gone offline due to faults, we have checked with sources.

According to details shared with ProPakistani, IMEWE cable went down earlier today due to a hardware fault near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

It must be mentioned that IMEWE submarine cable carries significant amount of Pakistani bandwidth and its down-time is going to hit local ISPs with very serious challenges.

Update: Internet in Pakistan Fully Restored After Submarine Cable is Fixed in Record Time

While SEAMEWE 4 and TW1 submarine cables were already offline — since last month — due to faults of similar nature. They are still being repaired.

With today’s fault in IMEWE, Pakistan’s majority of back-haul bandwidth is currently unavailable and all sorts of internet in the country is currently operating under severe capacity.

This means that entire Pakistan is currently relying on SEMEWE 3, SEAMEWE 5 and AAE1 submarine cables, out of which SEAMEWE3 operates with very limited capacity.

Not to mention, remaining two submarine cables (SEAMEWE5 and AAE1) went into operations very recently; and Pakistan could very well go into dark, if both of these cables were not operational at this point in time.

All major ISPs, including PTCL have issued an advisory to their customers about degraded internet speeds. No ETA has been communicated on the resolution of the faults as of yet.

This is a wake up call for Ministry of IT and Telecom and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, as the imagination of entire Pakistan going offline is just inches away.

Update (Aug 6th, 2017 – 1:30PM)

We are getting confirmations that fault in IMEWE has been identified and maintenance teams are on the way to rectify the cuts.

While no ETA has been communicated as of yet, experts say that issue will be resolved in less than 12 hours from now.

Update (Aug 6th – 4:ooPM)

Internet in Pakistan Fully Restored After Submarine Cable is Fixed in Record Time


  • College

    For alternate route, fiber connectivity with China need to be established as soon as possible

    Anybody knows about the ETA?
    When PAK-China fiber will become operational ?

    • 220 KM / 820 KM segment has been completed

      • 321bluff

        Abid please reply me it seems you have knowledge about it. 220km hmm what is the eta? And i have heard this cable has more bandwidth than all six cables combined imewe cables. And whem will it become operational and will a common pakistani see some benefit with this cable or just corporate people?

        • from my limited knowledge, the optical fibre cable that is being laid under CPEC will be operational by the end of 2018. It will not greatly benefit Pakistani Internet customers because of two reasons;

          1) It is being designed and laid as a terrestrial fibre backhaul link.
          2) Much of its capacity will be used to provide 3G/4G services to GB and AJK via SCO.

          This cable does not have more bandwidth that all six cables combined. That is another cable by the name of AAE-1

          Overall, by the connectivity that AAE-1 and SEA-ME-WE-5 have started providing, End User will definitely benefit from it. We are already seeing upgrades in Internet Packages of various ISPs.

          • 321bluff

            Hmmm thanx for the reply i have read an article stating that china fibre was forced by pakistan army because our bandwidth from sea cables was sent to india and indian raw was monitoring our isps. the international consortium has many indian companies operating as sister companies. So to negate that influence china europe route will now be used. And you talked about we seeing upgrades can you give some examples of that. And when all six are made operational what will be the end result,.

            • Well, it wasn’t really forced like it sounds. A fibre based terrestrial backhaul is the need of time with projections showing massive increase in our required bandwidth for international connectivity.

              It is not just India, its global, every major country tries to monitor and it’s not like we don’t do it at all.

              You may have seen several private Fibre based ISPs. StormFibre, Fibrelink to name a few. Nayatel upgraded its packages and also going to start its operations in Peshawar — hiring in process.

              WiTribe laid out LTE-A (4.5G) Network capable of delivering upto 150Mbps to customer.

              The end result would be cheaper and faster internet access to common user.

              • 321bluff

                I contacted all these companies today because i am stuck with no internet. After a lot of research they are confined to less than 10 km of coverage area. And in 10 years they have not expanded anything. Iam not optimistic about these fiber companies because there budget is too low to expand in a rapid pace. Zong is owned by cm mobile which is a telecom giant so don’t expect these companies to expand coverage in the near future. We need a corporate tech giant to lay fiber all over pakistan.

                • Of course, deployment of pure fibre lines to each and every Internet consumer is a very costly and difficult task. No matter how ‘giant’ a corporation is, it takes alot of time and financial+human resources to deploy end to end fibre.

                  You know how big Google is. Yet its Google Fibre is crawling in terms of expansion, mostly due to legal issues and lack of available resources.

                  Our private ISPs will take 10-15 years to have a reach somewhere equal to PTCL (landline network)

    • YAsin D. Alee

      Haha dont forget we live in pakistan and Ministers here are only to earn money AND the most important thing #FUCKPTCL

      • Syed Yassar Ali Shah

        Dear it is PTCL which manage to restore the link with alternate ways. #FEEL THE DIFFERENCE
        #PTCL

      • Syed Yassar Ali Shah

        And also it is PTCL WHICH MANAGE TO RESTORE the link in record time definitely with help of international partners. Before making any view FIRST compare size of PTCL SERVICES BOTH IN CONSUMER AND CORPORATE. YES TAY HAVE COMPLAINTS BUT AVERAGE OF COMPLAINTS BY TOTAL customers IS VERY LOW.
        MANAGING SUCH HUGE NETWORK IS NOT SO EASY.

        # PTCL
        # PTCL RESTORE

  • sajid junejo

    issue since last night, still facing inconsistent behavior of slow browsing.

  • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

    Jazz 3G 4G and Ufone 3G is not working in Faisalabad. Telenor and Zong 4G speed is respectable.

    • Good Ap to Sare Sim Use Karte ho :p

      • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

        Fortunately I live around people who uses different sims. How are the signals in jungle for you?

        • Usama

          Zong is not working at all while mobilink is like dialup.

          • Bilal Iqbal

            Telenor 3g is OK but ptcl sleeping….ZZzzz

          • Waqar Hussain

            In D.I Khan Zong is working just fine. Not great but ok. PTCL is very slow.

        • Waqar Hussain

          Nailed it.

        • Waqar Hussain

          Nailed it.

    • YAsin D. Alee

      wallah im thinking of buying a Telenor 4g device and throw ptcl device in dustbin

    • Aamir Ijaz

      Jazz 4G is working pretty good in Islamabad.

  • Qubee Bhi Sahi Nahi Chal Raha : Hmmmm that’s a reason :
    Hope it will resolve soon

  • Sys Admin

    PTCL, Ufone, Multinet Link is facing extremely slow browsing… Zong 4G working fine. @ Lahore

    • Shehzad Ahmed

      Browsing speed of Zong 4G is very slow while the downloading is fast just like before

  • Ali

    PTCL is dead slow, PTCL EVO/Charji is completely dead for me. Zong 4G has reasonable speed.

  • Partially Incorrect Info. TW1 is very much up and running. Its only I-ME-WE and SEA-ME-WE-4

    • Naveed

      Bhai 2 cables were already under repairing. Get your facts right

      • Bhai, my facts are pretty much correct. TW1 is up as my Internet Traffic is going through TW1. Only SEA-WE-ME-4 is under repair, (now) along with I-ME-WE. One of the two might be up by 3AM 06-08-2017

    • 321bluff

      Abid two were just made operational by ptcl 1 month ago i think tw1 is one of them. If it was not done we would be in blackout right now. When these six cables will become operational what effects are you going to see?

      • TW1 is neither owned nor operated by PTCL, Transworld Associates operates/manages it from Pakistan’s end.

        PTCL operates/manages Landing Points of SEA-ME-WE-3 & 4 Cables, AAE-1 and I-ME-WE. The AAE-1 is the latest one. Which has more capacity (40 Tbps) than all the current (active cables) combined.

        One More is under construction by the name of SRG-1 that links Gawadar, Karachi and Muscat with the design capacity of 20Tbps.

        Word of “blackout” is misunderstood here. Pakistan doesn’t solely rely on Submarine cables. There is a Satellite Backhaul Network to which traffic is shifted when cables are down and hence users experience slow speeds/high pings.

        AAE-1 40Tbps (active)
        SRG-1 20Tbps (underconstruction)
        TW-1 1.28Tbps (active)
        SEA-ME-WE-3 4.60Tbps (active)
        SEA-ME-WE-4 4.60Tbps (fault)
        SEA-ME-WE-5 24Tbps (active)
        I-ME-WE 3.84Tbps (fault)

        There is an 8th Cable, that Pakistan may get by the name of A1 (Africa 1) with speculated design capacity of 30Tbps.

        All in all, Pakistan by the end of 2018 is expected to have a link capacity of 128.32Tbps

        • 321bluff

          Oh man great news. Pakistan is sitting in the centre. Africa thru sea middle east through sea, central asia and east asia(china) by road. South asia(india) by road. What a strategic location and now we are seeing all this potential. Where were we?? were we sleeping all these years??

          • no doubt Pakistan is the most important country Geo-Strategically. Pakistan can and will (Inshallah) act like a gateway with alot of economic benefits, given that we move in the right direction.

            • 321bluff

              And what are you inferring by saying moving in the right direction. Are you hinting towards lions of circus??

              • i.e. taking right decisions — diplomatic, economic, political and otherwise.

        • Noaman Ahmed

          The 8th cable A1 There is not much info about it

          Could you provide us with some more info about it ….

          • There are details on pccwglobal website regarding Africa 1. Some reports also suggest that A1 transformed into AAE-1 (which we recently got hooked to)

        • Saeed Khan

          TW1 has fault also. Correct yourself. Same ship will fix TW1 and SMW4

          • With all due respects, Please correct yourself. My traffic is leaving Pakistan from TW1 Exit Node IP

  • Ye submarine cables han ya kamzoor dagha…must be a shark effect!

    • Sharks are opportunistic feeders, but most sharks primarily feed on smaller fish and invertebrates. Some of the larger shark species prey on seals, sea lions, and other marine mammals. Sharks have been known to attack humans when they are confused or curious.

      • ranasrule

        nice copy/paste job

  • Zuhaib Mehdi

    Aik month mein koe 100 bar submarine cables k issue hote hain. :/

    • 99 Bar (2010 Se Aj Tak) Ki News Link Bata Do Bhai : Hum Bhi Dekhe Phir

      • Zuhaib Mehdi

        Sarcasm bhi aik chez hoti hai shyd. -.-

  • This time its major breakdown

  • PakZindabad

    Please dont forget SMW5 second cable by Transworld was down when we were doing testing. This cable is quite vulnerable also. If it goes down we will only be left with AAE1 which PTCL has not even made fully operational. Pakistan will return to the dark ages. Forget NayaPakistan or even AajKaPakistan. This government under leadership of Minister of IT honourable Anusha Rehman will take us back to PuranaPakistan of 1990s– Pre Internet days are here to come!

    • Talal

      What IT minister got to do with privately owned undersea cables?
      If tomorrow govt starts a project of laying state owned undersea fiber optic cables, Iman Kanjar will be the first person to give dharna against that.

      • Jameel

        Your wording is clearly showing from where do you belong!! Coward

        • Talal

          Imran’s Marital/girlfriends track record:
          first wife: Jewish woman
          second girlfriend: illegitimate daughter Tyrian White
          Third Wife: Wh*ore of BBC. Divorced after a year.

          And I am sure there must be many more women with which fake pathan of Mianwali had affairs.

          • Khan Bhai

            Why are you so worked up, its not like he is effing up your sister too, or is he?

            • Talal

              I don’t dance in PTI’s processions nor my sisters. Imran Kanjar can only eff up sisters of liberals who do “hallelujah” in his processions.

              • Fact

                Khan bhai, Talal toh acha banda hai, shia katmal safavid ke asliyat be in ko pata hai. Similarly Imran toh pervert, womanizer hai. Imran Khan ne adultery ke hai. Adultery ke kia saza hai ISLAM mein ap ko pata hai Khan bhai?

      • Razak Matung

        IT Minister got to do with private cable? Listen to your lack of logic. It is the IT ministers job yes her job to make sure Pakistan is not disconnected from the internet. Do you know 2 cables have been down for the last 1 month and the repair ship wasn’t able to sail because the Ministry of IT was unable to coordinate with ministry of defence to get permsion for the ship to sail into Pakistani territorial waters?
        Get your facts straight. I am not a pti supporter but I definitely condemn putting a Minister who has no IT background as the Minister. She has made no statement or helped the situation in anyway. Three cables out of 6 are now down and if 1 more cable goes down God forbid in next few days whole country will be down.
        Then not only private companies but whole government machinery and public companies will be affected.

        Totally incompetent Government if they have appointed a non IT qualified person as the Minister. It shows.

  • Arslan Ejaz

    Crawling internet speeds today on Ptcl. Like 50-60kbps LOL

    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

      Since tomorrow? Who were your english teacher? Kill him/her

      • Lol. He might just be clairvoyant.

      • Umar Majeed

        stop judging people

      • FuriousNinja

        *Was.

        I think you should too if we are being blunt.

        • Fact

          Nailed it hahaha

      • Arslan Ejaz

        plz this was my mistake do not push this on teachers.

      • Pro

        hahaha promoting killing eh? What u expect from a katmal right hahaha majlis mein yahi sekhate hain? mazak mein be kisi ko kill karne ke baat nai karni chiye, if u think that killing is a joke. Majlis mein kam jao shiad koi farq parey ap ke brain waves par.

  • rickie94

    this article took 20 minute to load on ptcl :(

  • Owaiis

    ProPakistani, why so late ? Expected you guys to be fast.

    • aamir7

      We reported long back, you checked it late.

      • Owaiis

        Lemme explain Sir.

        Last night I was Watching A Certain Show Through Online Streaming. At around 3 a.m Internet Went Down. For 1 Hour, I tried to do everything in My Power To Restore it but To no avail. Hence I went to sleep. Morning Me vi Yehi Raha. So I checked ProPakistani to see if Something Had happened ? Found Nothing So I went to bazaar and bought A new ” Phone ko lagane wali 7 meter taar bhaiye”. After my this battle, Came home, Plugged in the Cable I had bought. NO AVAIL. Again check you guys, No news. Fir I called Ptcl and found about what had happened. So this article was published “42 min” ago but the outage happened almost 14 hours ago :D

        Len Aamir bhaiye apko meri routine bhi pata chal gayi aur hamara masla bhi hall ho gaya :D

        • rickie94

          sir you are legend, and my i ask the certain show was Game of thrones :)

          • Owaiis

            Positive, my brother :D

            • Oldman

              Chote bachon ko GoT nai dekhna chiye bura asar pareyga un ke masoom demaag par.

              • Owaiis

                Aur ” Oldman ” Username Rakhne Wale Buzargon Ko Dekhna Chahye ? Lol :D You Brought That Upon Yourself With That Username.

                • Fact

                  Well atleast Oldman pe ESRB rating toh apply nai hoti beta hahaha

      • Owaiis

        One more thing – Can you write an article about Quantum Computer or Future of Electric Cars In Pakistan ? :D Just a request.

  • Bilal

    Pakistan has only 6 submarine cables which is very low compared to other asian countries. Out of 6 3 are not working. Feel very very proud to be Pakistani

    • FuriousNinja

      Shit happens mate.

    • ranasrule

      Patriotism means supporting your nation at all times and your government only when its warranted.

  • Saqib

    Both zong and ptcl not working with me :-(

  • Anonion

    Youtube to bara fit chal raha :P poori speed pe video stream ho rai

  • Zohaib

    Ya Abdul Wahab ka Interview roknay ki saaaaaazishhh hai…..

    • ranasrule

      Phir kabool hai

  • Ayaz Malik

    Jazz 3G is working fine here, but Zong 3G & Telenor 3G is dead…!

  • Shahid

    itnaa late btya ap nain ..kia ho gia hu gia hye propakistani ko…suboh se 5 bar site visit ki k shayad koe khabar hu magr ap ka tu weakened hye shayad

  • Salman Haider

    Telenor is working fine but PTCL is almost dead. Government and all stakeholders must now seriously consider some alternative media for internet connectivity to Pakistan as this issue is now going to become so common with time.

  • G.G.G

    i saw kids playing in parks after Long time…..now i know the reason behind it.

  • Ghulam Abbass

    it seems u said and IT Minister if any will leave ayashi and concentrate on faults of internet , this is govt that was about to close face book as there every move become viral in seconds , most of them dont use even internet

  • Js

    Yeh pichley mahinay aae1 ka dhandhora peat raha thay , ka pakistan ki sari cables se ziada capacity hai aur functional ho gai hai , ab kia hua?

  • Talal

    Some people saying “Telenor” working fine. I hope they meant their Telenor 4G devices are working fine. Because I am trying to connect to Telenor 4G from my mobile and internet is not even connecting.

    • Abid Ali

      3g working fine on telenor.

      • Talal

        put my sim in telenor device and it is now connecting and working fine.

  • Shahid

    itnaa late btya ap nain ..kia ho gia hu gia hye propakistani ko…suboh se 5 bar site visit ki k shayad koe khabar hu magr ap ka tu weakened hye shayad….urdupoint nain aj en se pehly khabar di…mujhy lagta urdupoint wali khabreein propakistani dainy laga hye aur en wali wo

  • Waqar

    I don’t know how

    • Waqar

      I am getting 23 Mbps on mobilink 4g

  • NABI AZAM

    YE BIK GAI HY INETRNET BC……

  • Muhammad Adeel

    I am using Fiberlink and didnot face a single minute disconnection Today. Getting full 12 MB speed in the mornng and gettin 24 Mb in the night.

    • Tahir Ali

      Tahir Ali
      Internet speed is back to normal fiberlink and every other services are back to normal few hours before there was no browsing even whatsapp msgs were not working but seems like zong 4g was not effected much

    • Mansoor Sheikh

      Fiberlink became stable around 4am any1 using stromfiber ? Heard much about it mostly their speed is stable all day 24/7 they dont give extra speed at night nor they downgrade at peak hour like everyother ISP’s in karachi need suggestion if any1 is using StromFiber(Cyberner) ?

  • jmalik84
    • Shehzad Ahmed

      It took almost 2 mins to load this pic on Zong 4G

      • jmalik84

        Which city

  • ranasrule

    PTCL still dead slow as of 7:55am

  • Adil Ahmed

    bhai speed test se kuch nai hota speed test local server ki speed show kerhi hai

  • Muhammad Hussain

    Well zong working fine here….. No issues yet with browsing and streaming….

  • Abid Ali

    Finally something to cheer about, got some speed on PTCL.

  • Muhammad Ashraf

    just heard that problem with cable system near jeddah has fixed, soon we will be receiving 100% service

  • Arslan Ejaz

    Speed is back to normal.

  • Aman Sarwar

    Its “SeaMeWe”.