February 01, 2008

Telecom Traffic Shifted to Alternate Cables after Damage

Islamabad: The international telecom traffic of voice and data has been shifted to alternate cables by PTCL immediately after damage to the two undersea cables (FLAG and See Me We 4) at different locations on Tuesday. A spokesman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said that the availability of bandwidth has not been affected and all the telecom traffic to and from Pakistan is operating normally.

It may be noted that one cable was damaged near Alexandria, Egypt, and the other in the waters off Marseille, France. The two cables, which are separately managed and operated, were damaged within hours of each other. Pakistan is linked with the outside world with See Me We 3, See Me We 4, TWA1 and FLAG undersea cables. The fault is likely to be rectified within a week, the spokesman added.


Khurram Ali Mehran

Deputy Director (PR)