At least three submarine cables, connecting Pakistan with rest of the world, have gone offline due to faults, we have checked with sources.
According to details shared with ProPakistani, IMEWE cable went down earlier today due to a hardware fault near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
It must be mentioned that IMEWE submarine cable carries significant amount of Pakistani bandwidth and its downtime is going to hit local ISPs with very serious challenges
While SEAMEWE 4 and TW1 submarine cables were already offline — since last month — due to faults of similar nature. They are still being repaired.
With today’s fault in IMEWE, Pakistan’s majority of backhaul bandwidth is currently unavailable and all sorts of the internet in the country is currently operating under severe capacity.
This means that entire Pakistan is currently relying on SEMEWE 3, SEAMEWE 5 and AAE1 submarine cables, out of which SEAMEWE3 operates with very limited capacity.
Not to mention, remaining two submarine cables (SEAMEWE5 and AAE1) went into operations very recently; and Pakistan could very well go into the dark, if both of these cables were not operational at this point in time.
All major ISPs, including PTCL, have issued an advisory to their customers about degraded internet speeds. No ETA has been communicated on the resolution of the faults as of yet.
This is a wake-up call for Ministry of IT and Telecom and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, as the imagination of entire Pakistan going offline is just inches away.
Update (Aug 6th, 2017 – 1:30 PM)
We are getting confirmations that fault in IMEWE has been identified and maintenance teams are on the way to rectify the cuts.
While no ETA has been communicated as of yet, experts say that issue will be resolved in less than 12 hours from now.