Pakistan faced a complete Internet outage as Internet services went down across the country at 7 am earlier today.
The internet services across the country have been affected due to an “issue in data networks between South and North”. According to sources, the optical fibre network is experiencing some technical faults due to the recent heavy rains and floods throughout the country.
PTA tweeted this morning to address the issue.
As reported by PTCL, issue has been reported in data networks between South and North which is causing internet connectivity issues.
This issue is being investigated. PTA is monitoring the situation and further updates will be shared.
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) August 19, 2022
Major Internet Service Providers such as Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL), Stormfiber backed by Cybernet, Ufone, and Mobilink Jazz went completely down.
At around 9:15 am, the internet services of Mobilink Jazz were restored, however, PTCL, Stormfiber, Nayatel and other Internet Service providers are still down.
Stormfiber, Nayatel and PTCL helpline numbers turned off completely. Only Mobilink Jazz is the only network working properly for now, while other services are affected due to the outage nationwide.
The Restoration work is underway. PTA is working with the concerned operators for an early restoration of affected communication channels.
PTCL also tweeted responding to the issue as follows:
Due to heavy rains and floods, PTCL's optical fiber network is experiencing some technical faults. As a result, PTCL users in Northern and Central regions are facing Internet outage. Our teams are working to restore the services on priority.
— PTCL (@PTCLOfficial) August 19, 2022
The Recurring Internet Issue of Pakistan
Due the internet outage, many people throughout the country are facing issues. #PTCL is already trending on Twitter while users of other ISPs including Nayatel, Zong, and Telenor in a number of regions are complaining that they are also facing trouble in internet browsing.
It is to be noted that internet services keep going down throughout the country, attributing to “shark attacks” on the internet cables. Many people are of the view that the internet service providers use lame excuses to hide the fact that their internet providing systems are just poor and inefficient. Just over a month ago, Internet services in the northern region of the country were affected due to a “cut” in the fibre optic cable, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had reported on July 16.
#InternetDown is trending on twitter as people are voicing their concerns regarding the poor internet services across the country. Many people have also taken the opportunity to share “memes” on the situation.
— RJ Umar Tweets (@rjumarishaq) August 19, 2022
Due to multiple fibre cuts, voice and data services in Kech, Panjgoor, Gwadar and adjoining areas have been impacted.
Services of three cellular mobile operators (Telenor, Zong & Ufone) and PTCL have been affected due to flash floods and rain.#internetdown pic.twitter.com/I9OnTDLijP
— سلطان چنڑ 𓃵 🇵🇰🇵🇸🇹🇷 (@ms_sayes) August 19, 2022
Along with the internet outage, mobile services were also affected. However, mobile services have now been restored.