Internet outages in Pakistan may continue for another 60 to 90 days: PTA

Internet outages in Pakistan may continue for another 60 to 90 days: PTA

Pakistanis recently faced internet outages as services were down due to 'technical fault', according to PTA.
Internet outages in Pakistan may continue for another 60 to 90 days: PTA

Web Desk

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23 Jan 2024

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said Pakistanis may continue facing internet outages for another 60 to 90 days. 

The projected timeline of "2 to 3 months" only to deepen public anxieties as Pakistani netizens are already reeling from recent internet disruptions on January 20. 

Director General PTA Ahmed Shamim Pirzada, flanked by Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi and FIA Cybercrime Director of Operations Waqaruddin Syed, announced possible internet disruption in a press conference. 

The timing of the outage, coinciding with a pre-announced online event by a specific political party, fuelled speculation of deliberate throttling.

This suspicion was further bolstered by a similar pattern of disruptions on December 17 and January 7.

Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi echoed the technical glitch explanation while acknowledging the possibility of further hiccups.

The PTA's previous statement citing a "technical fault" after the January 20th disruption only added fuel to the fire of public doubt.

Pakistan's tech-savvy populace expressed palpable outrage at the apparent lack of transparency and the extended timeframe for resolution.

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