A fault in one of the international submarine cables has been reported in the sea near Karachi affecting some internet traffic in peak hours.

However, alternate arrangements to provide uninterrupted internet services to the users have been made by relevant service providers through obtaining additional bandwidth and capacity to meet the requirements.

Work is underway to remove the fault which may take some time to rectify.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed operators to ensure uninterrupted internet services through alternate routes.

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) said in a statement that with reference to AAE-1 (Asia-Africa-Europe-1) international submarine cable cut, we have arranged alternate channels for bandwidth to meet the requirement of internet usage in Pakistan.

The telecommunications company added that the measure had improved customer experience “without any major impact on services.”

AAE -1 is the first high-capacity cable system to link all of the major Southeast Asian nations to Africa and Europe via the Middle East. It connects Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, with Malaysia and Singapore, then onwards to Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy, and France.

AAE-1 cable system deploys state-of-the-art 100Gbps transmission technology with a capacity of 40 Terabits per second across 5 fibre pairs.

The PTCL said it was working to upgrade the technology to higher transmission rates to meet increasing bandwidth demand.

It added that however, customers might face slight service degradation across the country till the addition of more bandwidth.

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