Submarine cable repaired, complete recovery in 20 days

KARACHI: The International submarine cable SEA-ME-WE 4 that had experienced a fault in the Arabian Sea a day earlier was repaired on Friday.


Internet speeds across Pakistan plummeted Thursday after a technical fault hit the main underwater fibre-optic cable system in the Arabian Sea connecting the country to the internet.

The fault impacted browsing speeds for users across most major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country, while causing problems for other countries in the region as well.

The speed of internet available in Pakistan reached 50 percent of its maximum efficiency today from 19 percent.

Full recovery is expected in 15 to 20 days.

The South East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) Cable System is an ultra-high-capacity fiber optic submarine cable system linking South East Asia to Western Europe via the Middle East.

SEA-ME-WE 4 is one of four submarine cables that connect Pakistan and its main link to the internet.

The cable network, measuring approximately 20,000 kilometers and linking 16 landing stations, is owned by a consortium of 16 leading telecom carriers in 14 countries.