Like I do every morning, I switched on the PC and decided to check my e-mail. The page cannot be displayed. I thought to myself, maybe its the home cable net service that’s konked out. Dial up refuses to work either. Mild panic. Rush to the office.

The page cannot be displayed.

Once those words flashed on to the office PC and I got an SMS asking if my internet service was working, I felt like it was one of those dark days last year, where we were cut off from the internet for over a week. Turns out, there was an internet outage for one and a half hour. While my work didnt get affected that much, I wonder how much loss has been incurred by companies that rely solely on the internet to communicate and do business? I’m sure PTA will have a ‘good’ explanation for this.

19 Comments so far

  1. Anathema (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 10:42 am

    thanks for the alerts =)
    surprisingly. while ISPs and cable were out. Mobilink GPRS was connecting :).

  2. Zain (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 10:59 am

    I am so upset. Our work is 100% dependent on internet and whenever there’s no connectivity we loose out so much. Our main link was working but we have two systems dependent on the PTA link!

    PTA sucks really..

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

    Can you tell the specific time.?There was no such problem at my end.

  4. Sajju (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

    I’m at an ISP and though some of the downtimes are caused by our own network, I would say upto 90% of them are due to the international links (namely PTA).

    Instead of improving their service, they seem to be more concerned about blocking blogging sites and anything that goes against the government. All in the name of religion. And voice traffic off course. When will they come into the 3rd millenium?

  5. Anathema (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    went out between 8:45 and 10:15 this morning.

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

    Its so lame to blame PTA without any evidence.You don’t know why this occured.

    Such attitude is similar of US who associate every evil things on earth with Al-Qaeda

    went out between 8:45 and 10:15 this morning

    I am at ISP too but things were OK here

  7. Akshay (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    What the Pakistan government should do is privatize the ISP and open the sector to competition. A government monopoly is never good. We had similar problems in India till the government here sold the ISP off.

  8. Mahvash (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    There was indeed a problem faced by a few…and it was at PTCL’s or rather Pakistan Internet Exchange’s (PIE) end…….”There was a hardware problem at PIE Karachi, which caused outage from 0905 Hrs to 1020 Hrs on May 24, 2006.”

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

    There was a hardware problem at PIE Karachi, which caused outage from 0905 Hrs to 1020 Hrs on May 24, 2006

    Did they buy equipments from INBOX? *grin*

  10. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

    I have heard the under sea cable is damaged near singapore.

  11. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 7:06 pm

    oh no not again !!!!!!! :S

  12. yoyo (unregistered) on May 24th, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

    I heard someone in Islamabad tripped on the fiber cable while sleep walking.

  13. wasiq (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 3:11 am

    Is this or a similar reason keeping the “MB” away from here….?

  14. JonyBr (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 11:36 am

    Imagine if they block the Email domains too bcos email domains were used to forward unwanted stuff :p

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

    It would b fun Jhonny!!I will getrid of Spams:D

  16. mansoor (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 4:55 pm

    mm.. net was closed?? my ISP was working, and of all the things… i was able to access blogspot!!!

    i think my ISP may have switched over at that time to some other link… and to think i was so deliriously happy that i made two posts about it!!

  17. stabani (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 8:54 pm

    my site is still unaccessible after the downtime (using maxcom karachi).

    so sad really :(

  18. Inspirex (unregistered) on May 25th, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

    same here…..
    had no issues…..

    connectivity been seamless at my end….

  19. wasiq (unregistered) on May 31st, 2006 @ 2:37 am

    Art Buchwald is back…..i read his column in todays Dawn which he wrote from the Hospice in washington D.C.

    this is the best christmas gift i have got in years…..thankyou Lord you are great!

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