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Flights in Pakistan canceled thanks to submarine cable fault

Staff Writer |
At least eight domestic and international flights at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport were cancelled due to countrywide internet disruptions caused by a submarine cable fault.

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Airport officials said that the reason behind the cancellation of flights was the slow internet caused by a fault in the India-Middle East-Western Europe submarine cable, due to which flight schedules and ticket booking could not be confirmed.

It is difficult to tell when the flight schedule will be back to normal, the officials said, adding that flights would resume fully when internet services are restored.

Internet users experienced slow internet browsing owing to a fault that occurred in IMEWE, an international submarine cable system which provides internet bandwidth to Pakistan, near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia recently.

An international consortium was working to remove fault and restore internet services as soon as possible.

In order to provide users internet, PTCL has already undertaken necessary measures to arrange/alternate bandwidth through its other cable systems and international cable business partners, he added while regretting inconvenience. The international cable which has developed fault stretches from India to France.

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has said internet services across Pakistan have been restored after different parts of the country were disrupted to a major fault in the international cable system IMV.


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