Pakistan still cut off from web

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Pakistan still cut off from web

Antony Savvas

Pakistan is still without full web access to the rest of the world following the severing of its main undersea fibre optic internet cable last week.

Service was expected to be back to normal last weekend, but a repair boat from the United Arab Emirates was delayed and choppy waters off the coast of Karachi where the cable is located have further delayed repairs.

As a result, Pakistani on-line companies such as banks, share brokers and international call centres have lost significant business. 

Internet access in the country is now intermittent, with the main phone company resorting to expensive satellite links to provide any sort of service. 

Newspaper reports in the country say a full service may not be restored until the end of the month, if tests show there are flaws in the cable.

The United Arab Emirates, Djibouti, Oman and parts of India are also connected to the damaged cable, so companies and individuals here are also affected.

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