Internet services in Pakistan disrupted for several hours, flights get cancelled

Posted August 08, 2017

Yesterday, PTCL users were facing slow internet browsing due to fault in Submarine cable.

Internet services were restored after the 38-hour-long disruption caused by a fault in the India-Middle East-Western Europe (I-ME-WE) submarine cable, the PTCL spokesman said.

He explained that this was an worldwide fault as internet services in Pakistan, India and UAE were affected.

In order to minimize the service impact, PTCL has undertaken necessary measures to arrange additional/alternate bandwidth through its other cable systems and worldwide cable business partners, he further pointed out.

"Outage in global submarine cable systems providing internet bandwidth to Pakistan, IMEWE".

Islamabad-At least eight domestic and worldwide flights at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto global Airport were cancelled on Sunday due to countrywide internet disruptions caused by a submarine cable fault.

"For most of Sunday, PIA's main source had not been restored and we were running on our back-up system but it is up and running on the PTCL system now", he said.

According to sources custom officials at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad have seized 700 latest cellular phones into custody and have started probing the matter.

Among the cancelled flights were Dubai-bound PA210, Manchester-bound 701, Madina-bound NL705 and Karachi-bound PA201, according to flight inquiry.

"For government organisations cyber absence may result in huge irreparable loss".