Wednesday, February 21, 2024

More Internet Disruptions Expected as PTA ‘Upgrades’ its Controversial Web Management System

Hold on to your internet browsers! Pakistan’s telecommunication regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), is in the process of giving its Web Management System (WMS) a much-needed makeover. However, this digital facelift comes at a cost – internet users might experience some outages during the transition.

Ahmed Shamim Pirzada, the director general of PTA, shed light on recent internet slowdowns, attributing them to “technical glitches” arising from the ongoing software update. The main focus of this upgrade is the Web Management System, a critical component ensuring the smooth flow of internet services. PTA is advising users to brace themselves for these glitches, which are expected to persist for the next two to three months.

Despite the impending parliamentary election on February 8, PTA emphasizes that the show must go on – the deployment and upgrade of WMS continue, even involving work on internet submarine cables. It’s like renovating the house while guests are on the way!

However, this move has raised eyebrows. Digital rights activist Usama Khilji isn’t entirely convinced. He finds PTA’s response somewhat inconsistent and contradictory. Khilji points out that PTA holds a direct grip on content blocking through internet cables, adding a layer of complexity to the situation.

As users navigate through these temporary internet hiccups, it remains to be seen how smoothly the upgraded Web Management System will operate once the dust settles. Until then, stay patient, fellow netizens – the internet is undergoing a little sprucing up!

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