Pakistan cut off from web

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Pakistan cut off from web

Antony Savvas

Companies and web surfers in Pakistan are still without internet access after the country’s main fibre-optic cable connection to the web was cut 20 miles off the coast of Karachi.

With no back-up cable, the severed connection has left online banks without customers and financial markets without a fully operational dealing system.

A repair ship from the United Arab Emirates only arrived at the scene of the severed cable yesterday. It is expected that full internet access will be restored to Pakistan this weekend. 

The embarrassing situation has led to Pakistan’s national telecoms operator promising to install a back-up cable later this year.

Only three months ago the country experienced a similar outage, albeit for a shorter period.

Over a year ago Sri Lanka was cut off from the web when its cable connection was also severed at sea.

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