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8 flights cancelled due to internet cable fault

08 August 2017

PTCL General Manager Imran Janjua told Geo News that internet services had begun to be restored countrywide today, after a major outage in the worldwide submarine cable system IMV led to disruption in internet services over the weekend.

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

The internet disruption prevented airport officials confirming flight schedules and ticket bookings, as a result of which at least eight flights domestic and global flights were cancelled on Sunday.

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Internet services across the country have been restored, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) said on Sunday.

'Due to this, customers will experience slow internet browsing.

Sikandar Naqi, Chief Business Development Officer PTCL, has said that the global consortium managing the submarine cable system has already started working to resolve the situation as early as possible.

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PTCL had said earlier the global consortium had identified the fault in IMEWE cable near Saudi Arabia and was now working to resolve the issue.

According to Mr Janjua, Pakistan suffered more as two other submarine cables - SEA-ME-WE 4 and Transworld - are still being fixed after they were damaged in July. "It has now been repaired and services are back to normal".

Pakistan Telecommunications Limited (PTCL) stated the company has successfully arranged for additional bandwidth through our worldwide cable systems & partners.

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"Unfortunately due to two cuts at the same time, service across the country was disrupted", he said.

8 flights cancelled due to internet cable fault