Following the suspension of mobile broadband services in Pakistan on Tuesday, telecom operators have so far reported a loss of Rs820 million, with the government losing around Rs287 million in tax revenue, a source in the telecom industry told Business Recorder.

It is pertinent to mention that the government of Pakistan blocked mobile broadband and social media websites in the aftermath of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s arrest.

Protests erupted throughout the nation and some areas also witnessed violence due to which the government took the decision.

Meanwhile, ride-hailing and online food delivery businesses in Pakistan stated that their operations got “drastically affected”.

Major internet connectivity issues were reported across Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi and other major cities of the country.

An official from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) confirmed that mobile broadband services were suspended in the country, refraining from giving a timeline for restoration.

The source in the telecom industry cited that “the disruption of internet has a devastating impact on the economy and results in substantial losses for telecom operators, the government and the people of Pakistan”.

Additionally, individuals who depend on digital apps such as Careem, InDrive, FoodPanda and others saw significant loss in earnings while digital payments have come to a standstill.

The suspension caused widespread inconvenience and hardships to the masses, the source added.

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AD May 10, 2023 05:58pm
Think about those companies who export services and provide outsourcing to companies based in USA, UK, GCC, etc. Imagine how embarrassing it becomes to tell people in other countries that our internet has been closed down.
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Tulukan Mairandi May 10, 2023 06:25pm
How about businesses? Now we know why Pakistan is heading towards balkanization
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Hasan May 10, 2023 08:25pm
@AD, hey i think some of the companies are working well, for example ptcl broadband, i hope companies who have been exporting services to outside of country have their back up from multiple internet providers. Hope that helps.
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TimeToMovveOn May 10, 2023 10:19pm
Funny, these guys we very concerned about the internet shutdown in Kashmir!!!!!
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TimeToMovveOn May 10, 2023 10:40pm
....and this country thought...they could get kashmir, make CPEC the envy of the world, do that, do this... nothing nada. Pakistan had it coming, but they will never learn, and they will keep going from one crisis to another. This is not the end.
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Gillian May 10, 2023 11:00pm
How come just in 2 days they have a loss worth of whole month.
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Ali May 11, 2023 06:23am
@Gillian , Well its a huge country with a huge population. Millions of people use the internet. In my opinion these reported figures are probably less than the actual amount.
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Gsggs May 11, 2023 08:19am
@TimeToMovveOn, it wasn't the same govt you idiot
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Gsggs May 11, 2023 08:21am
This govt has made life miserable for everyone in this country. It's a very claustrophobic feeling
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