PTA clears the air on blocking internet services amid political uncertainty
ISLAMABAD – Following reports of suspension of internet services, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has clarified that there was no shut down of the internet.
A statement issued by a PTA spokesperson said one of the companies, Transworld Associate, has a slight degradation issue, saying there is a minor issue in the quality of its service.
It also mentioned that the glitch is being checked and will be resolved soon.
Some media reports suggest that Sharif-led coalition government ordered the suspension of cellular services in 11 districts of Punjab and telecom sources, are being suspended forthwith.
Meanwhile, NetBlocks, a watchdog organization that monitors cybersecurity and the governance of the Internet, also revealed that the ‘real-time network data show internet disruptions across Pakistan’.
Metrics show impact to multiple providers in major cities including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, it added.
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