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Slow internet speed reported nationwide due to undersea cable fault

ISLAMABAD: A countrywide slow internet speed was reported in Pakistan on Monday as a fault occurred in the 25,000-kilometres-long Asia-Europe AAE1 cable. According to reports, a major 40-terabyte cable was ruptured near Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, which resulted in a

Netflix sued for internet traffic surge from ‘Squid Game’

SEOUL: A South Korean internet service provider has sued Netflix to pay for costs from increased network traffic and maintenance work because of a surge of viewers to the streaming site’s content. The move comes after a Seoul court said

Starlink satellite internet service receives 500,000 preorders

HOUSTON: SpaceX has received more than 500,000 preorders for its Starlink satellite internet service and anticipates no technical problems meeting the demand, founder Elon Musk said. “Only limitation is high density of users in urban areas,” Musk tweeted, responding to

Europe needs $355 billion for 5G rollout, says industrial study

BRUSSELS: Europe needs to pump 300 billion euros ($355 billion) into its telecoms infrastructure by 2025 if it wants to roll out superfast 5G to boost economic growth and tap the potential of the technology. The study by consulting firm

Web inventor Berners-Lee warns of digital divide in internet access

LONDON: Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has said the dominance of internet giants is a “fad” that will not endure, adding that urgent change was needed to improve a digital divide in young people’s online access.

India tops list for most internet shutdowns in 2020 globally

NEW YORK: India topped the list for the most internet shutdowns in 2020 globally for the third consecutive year, a new report by digital rights and privacy organisation Access Now said. India leveraged blackouts to crush the nationwide Farmer’s Protest

Pakistan users face disruption in internet services

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani users faced disruptions in internet services due to a fault in an international submarine cable system near Abu Talat in Egypt. Internet services faced disruptions across the country as one of its six international submarine cables developed a

Dwayne Johnson reveals family’s coronavirus battle

LOS ANGELES: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his entire family tested positive for coronavirus but have made a full recovery, the professional wrestler-turned-actor revealed. Johnson urged his Instagram followers to wear masks and avoid “politicising” the pandemic after revealing that

PM Imran directs to ensure internet provision in far-flung areas

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the concerned authorities to ensure the provision of internet facilities in far-flung areas of the country. The statement came while chairing a meeting in Islamabad today (Thursday) to improve internet coverage and access

Bans on internet-based apps destroyed tech industry: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has expressed that the bans on internet-based apps destroyed the tech industry. In a tweet on Wednesday, Fawad Chaudhry wrote that the bans on internet-based apps have destroyed Pakistan’s tech industry.

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit for tracking private internet use

SAN FRANCISCO: Google was sued in a proposed class action for illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by tracking their internet use through browsers set in ‘private’ mode. The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion, accusing the internet

India’s claim about restoring internet in IoK complete farce: CPJ

NEW YORK: The Committee to Protect Journalists has denounced as complete farce India’s claim of having partially restored internet access in occupied Kashmir, saying that many local news websites remain blocked in the territory. The New York-based agency pointed out

India loses $1.33bn due to internet closure in IoK, reports

SRINAGAR: India has suffered a loss of more than 1.33 billion US dollars caused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to move ahead with the Hindu nationalist agenda of its party. The worst internet shutdown has been in Kashmir since

Internet suspension in Kashmir illegal, says Indian Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: The Indian Supreme Court on Friday has ruled that it was unconstitutional to shut down the internet in the disputed territory of Kashmir Valley in criticism against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. As the New Delhi earlier had

Declining internet freedom

Governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor its citizens, tilting the technology towards digital authoritarianism. According to a recent report by think tank Freedom House, global internet freedoms declined for the ninth consecutive

Web Monitoring System and internet censorship

Pakistan has acquired the services of a controversial Canada-based company to help build a nationwide web monitoring system, creating apprehensions that more stringent censorship and erosion of civil liberties may be on the horizon. The company Sandvine is expected to