Internet service restored in Mideast and Asia
Published: February 10, 2008
MUMBAI: Services on two of three broken undersea cables providing Internet services to parts of the Middle East and Asia have been restored and repairs on the third were nearly complete Sunday, the cables' operators said.
Web access in southern Asia and parts of the Middle East was disrupted after the breaks occurred nearly two weeks ago in segments of two cables off the northern coast of Egypt, forcing service providers to reroute traffic. This was followed by a breach in a separate cable between Dubai and Oman.
The Dubai-Oman cable, Falcon, and one of the two off Egypt, FEA, are operated by FLAG Telecom, a subsidiary of Reliance Communications of India.
"The customer circuits have been normalized on FEA and Falcon that were earlier restored on alternate routes" after the cable cuts last week, FLAG Telecom said Sunday.
The other cable, Sea-Me-We 4, is co-owned by Videsh Sanchar Nigam, which previously said it had restored a majority of its Internet connectivity to the Middle East and South Asia within 24 hours of the breach, using other cables.
More than 95 percent of transoceanic telecommunications and data traffic is carried by submarine cables, and the rest by satellite, according to the International Cable Protection Committee, an association of 86 submarine cable operators.