Cables Fixed by Weekend

It looks like the undersea cables will be fixed by the weekend. Here are some details from Reuters and the AP.

Here is an excerpt from the AP story:

The two unusual incidents slowed businesses and hampered personal Internet usage in the Middle East and India. Governments in the region appeared to operate normally, apparently because they switched to backup satellite systems.

The FLAG spokesman said the company was still trying to determine how the cables were cut. He declined to comment on whether the two incidents were somehow linked but said he didn’t believe the company was deliberately targeted.

There has been widespread speculation the cuts were caused by ships’ anchors dragging along the bottom of the sea in stormy weather. But Egypt’s telecommunication ministry said Sunday no ships were registered near the location when the first two cables were cut.

FLAG said the repair on those two cuts will be completed within six to seven days. The two cables were identified as being owned by FLAG and SEA-ME-WE 4, or South East Asia-Middle East-West Europe 4 cable, owned by a consortium of 16 international telecommunication companies.

The company has said it was able to fully restore circuits to some customers and switch others to alternative routes.

What I still wonder is why these cables were all cut around the same time. What laws of probability allow this to be a coincidence and yet I still haven’t hit the Lotto jackpot?

  • Michael Talbert
    February 8, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I sure hope so! I’d hate to see the Taliban go without internet, not to mention all our call centers in India!

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