PTCL ITI and TW1 BackBone Connectivity Affected by Submarine Cable Cut…

As luck would have it, the SMW3 and SMW4 submarine cable systems developed faults today which has severely impaired the Internet traffic to Pakistan.

At the moment, PTCL ITI is running at 25% less capacity. Users are experiencing high latency and a degraded service level resulting in extremely low speed on downloads.

TW1 also has the same issue. TW1 relies mainly on the SMW4 western segment.

The SMW4 fault is confirmed to be a sumbarine cable cut. Estimated repair time at this point-in-time is close to two weeks.

It is quite strange how multiple cable systems can be affected in different places at the same time. Is it just a coincidence?