A larger part of Pakistan internet transfer is currently unavailable for service as IMEWE is reportedly offline. India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) is a submarine cable system that connects India and Europe via the Middle by 12091 km. This cable system consists of three fiber sets, with two fibers on an express route. It involves ten cable landing stations in eight countries are: India, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy, and France.
IMEWE is not the only cable that connects Pakistan to the outer world yet carries a larger portion of the country bandwidth. Its interruption could corrupt internet services for the users in the country. ISP load balances the bandwidth during such outages. However, a shortage of bandwidth leaves a negative impact on internet speeds and user experience. There is currently no deadline or ETA available for the recovery of the IMEWE cable. Full recovery could take hours or days as it is difficult to predict any timeline.
IMEWE carries a higher portion of almost 20 percent of Pakistan’s international bandwidth. As Pakistan is related to the outside world through various submarine cables. Given the regular interruptions on existing limited submarine cables, Pakistan needs to establish additional submarine cables as it has to develop access and to increase bandwidth capacity demand.
The same cable was down on 30th October 2019. For more details please visit: Internet Services Disrupted In Pakistan Due To Submarine Cable Fault In Pakistan