Users of Trans World Associates (TWA), one of two licence holders for international landing stations of submarine cables, may experience bandwidth disruptions, according to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), due to a reported rupture in the company’s undersea cable system.
According to the PTA, the problem was discovered at 6 p.m. on Monday and resulted in an international bandwidth interruption. “It may result in internet service disruption for Transworld bandwidth consumers,” the announcement warned.
The consortium was allocating ad hoc bandwidth to reduce the impact, and work were still underway to determine the specific site of the fault as well as the projected restoration period, according to the statement.
There were also complaints on social media about internet service disruptions and slowdowns.
Most of Nayatel’s service providers were affected across the country, and the company issued a notice to its clients warning them that they would experience poor internet connections. The issue has been present since Monday morning, according to the report.
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited announced in December 2021 that it has “prepared for other channels for bandwidth” to compensate for a failure in an international submarine cable, following allegations of poor internet speeds across the country.
In October 2021, Internet customers in Pakistan were also affected after a submarine cable near Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, experienced a fault.
In February, one of Pakistan’s six international submarine cables developed a failure in Abu Talat, Egypt, causing internet connectivity to be disrupted across the country. TWA was later able to fix the problem.