Internet Undersea Cables

Posted on February 3, 2008  Comments (1)

In a previously post we highlighted some of the engineering involved in fixing undersea cables and the challenges in laying internet fiber underwater. Given the recent news those posts might be of interest: Cut undersea Internet cables slow India’s connectivity

Early estimates suggested that half of India’s Internet capacity vanished after the first two cable lines were cut Wednesday. In other countries, such as Egypt, the figure was as high as 70 percent. The two Mediterranean cables cut Wednesday carry the bulk of the region’s Internet traffic

Much of this traffic has now been rerouted along Pacific cables. Because of the redirected traffic, a third cable cut, discovered Friday in the Gulf region, has had no effect. Some 90 percent of India’s bandwidth has been restored and cable repairs are expected to take two weeks, but bad weather has prevented a repair ship from setting off to mend one of the cables.

For some businesses, the cut meant a slightly degraded service – poorer reception for call-centers that use Internet telephony, for example. But for larger businesses that carry the bulk of outsourcing from the United States and Europe, there was virtually no disruption.

“We have diversity in path and providers globally, and hence we have not lost any connectivity to our offices or customers,” according to an e-mailed statement by Infosys, one of India’s largest Information Technology companies.

While the initial reports talk of the cables being damaged by a ship anchor, at least one new report disputes that, Ships did not cut internet cable:

No ships were present when two marine cables carrying much of the Middle East’s internet traffic were severed, Egypt’s Ministry of Communications has said, contrary to earlier speculation about the causes of the cut.

“A marine transport committee investigated the traffic of ships in the area, 12 hours before and after the malfunction, where the cables are located to figure out the possibility of being cut by a passing vessel and found out there were no passing ships at that time,” said the statement.

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One Response to “Internet Undersea Cables”

  1. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Plugging America’s Broadband Gap
    August 2nd, 2008 @ 9:18 am

    we have a far worse internet and cell phone infrastructure than many countries…

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