PTCL Planned SMW-3 Outage

First it was an accident. Now they are doing it on purpose. Here is what an announcement by PTCL says in Daily Jang of Saturday, July 16, 2005:

“The SMW-3 Submarine Cable Consortium has planned a maintenance outage on its Western Segment-9, between Portugal and France for repeater replacement from 18th July to 23 July 2005.

During the planned outage period, the International links via Satellite (8xE3), Eastern segment of SMW-3 (3xSTM1), Western segment of SMW-3 upto Italy (2xSTM1), PAK-UAE Submarine cable and FLAG connectivity (4xSTM1) will all be available to smoothly handle all types of services offered by PTCL.

PTCL has made special arrangement with FLAG to divert call center traffic to FLAG during the planned maintenance outage. Similarly satellite backup for IPLC customers has also been arranged.

The maintenance outage will be non service affecting and transparent to PTCL customers.”

Yeah, right. Let’s see how transparent it is going to be, and how smoothly it is going to handle the traffic. We already had a “proof of concept” not too long ago.

Prepare for another week of crippled internet connections, people.

1 Comment so far

  1. Saadie (unregistered) on July 17th, 2005 @ 3:42 pm

    no more pleaseeeeeeee. I think this time it will be a smooth process, most of the ISPs will have enough backup so will PTCL. Last time it was an “accident”.

    so things should be different this time around, atleast that is what we are hoping for :).

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