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38 hours without communication to the world

38 hours without communication to the world - Internet disruption

We are using mobile data, WiFi or other internet connection to stay connected with our friends and family members no matter where they are. Apps, with the ability to make video calls, bring people in front of each other in no time. Actually not just to stay connected with our friends and family we are using it to get knowledge from all around the world.

On Saturday (5/08/2017), a fault in the India-Middle East-Western Europe (I-ME-WE) submarine cable affected internet services around the country. Consumers were complaining of slow internet browsing while some complained of no internet connectivity at all.

This disruption of internet services was caused due to the damage in the submarine cable near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. International consortium, managing the submarine cable, started resolving the problem as soon as they became aware of the issue. It took 38 hours to complete the repair and restore the services back to normal.

This disruption caused lots of problems including cancelation of flights.

Flights were canceled because they were not able to confirm flight schedule and ticket booking

Airport Officials

There was similar fault in the SEA-ME-WE 4 because of which it was offline since last month. With SEA-ME-WE 4 and I-ME-WE failure, Pakistan was relying on SEA-ME-WE 5 and AAE-1 clearly which were not able to provide the required bandwidth for the data traffic causing slow internet connection and worst no internet connection at all for some.

For some people having no internet connection was awful as they were not able to connect to their beloved ones or complete some of their tasks involving usage of internet but for some it was not a big deal. They are saying, this disruption made them spend more time with their family instead of surfing internet and browsing their social accounts.