Internet users in central and northern parts of country on Friday faced Internet interruptions like national telecom company warns of heavy rains and flooding in various regions led to violations in optical fiber network.
Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd (PTCL) is main provider of internet bandwidth in central and northern Pakistan and millions rely on service for Internet connection.
Due to heavy rains and floods, PTCL optical fiber network experiencing some technical problems. As a result, PTCL users in Northern and Central regions facing Internet shutdown. Our teams working on restoring services on a priority.
— PTCL (@PTCLOfficial) August 19, 2022
“As a result, PTCL users in Northern and Central regions facing internet shutdown,” PTCL said.
telecom the company claimed that it teams worked on restoring services on priority basis.
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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) also confirmed development as well as added problems reported in data transmission networks between “South and North”, which caused Internet connection problems.
According to PTCL, issue was reported in data networks between south and north, which causes problems with the Internet connection.
This issue being investigated. PTA is monitoring the situation and will share further updates.
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) August 19, 2022
The authorities stated that issue investigation is ongoing and that the PTA will monitor the situation and share further updates.
Internet users in Karachi also complained of connection problems on social media. Internet Service Providers, in their reply claimed to have received update from one of upstream providers “regarding the failure on long way due to flood caused by server weather terms”.
Precipitation “above normal”
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) is predicting “above normal” rainfall. in most parts of country in August, warning that heavy rains can trigger flash flood in hilly area of Oriental Punjab and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
In your worldview for August, PMD also warned of city flood in flat areas such as major cities of Sindh, Punjab and CP. “Due to extreme hydrometeorological events over watersheds, river floods cannot be ruled out out,” It added.