Damage caused to three undersea cables on December 19, has disrupted internet connectivity between Europe, Middle East and Asia. Cable damages are taking place almost every year. Cableship C/S Raymond Croze from France Telecom Marine is expected to reach the location to inspect and to undertake cable repair. It may take about 7-10 days for completion of cable repair.
Some of the disturbing features of undersea cable damages are:
Cables damaged are:Sea Me We 4 (SMW 4), Sea Me We 3 (SMW 3) and FLAG EA.
Damage is reported to be under the Mediterranean between Italy and Egypt.
Around 75 million people from 14 countries are affected by the current problem.
Maldives: 100% out of service
India: 82% out of service
Qatar: 73% out of service
Djibouti: 71% out of service
United Arab Emirates: 68% out of service
Zambia: 62% out of service
Saudi Arabia: 55% out of service
Egypt: 52% out of service
Pakistan: 51% out of service
Malaysia: 42% out of service
Taiwan: 39% out of service
Yemen: 38% out of service
Syria: 36% out of service
Lebanon: 16% out of service
(more info. at the link for the original article. Credit also given to: NASEEM AHMED for breaking this news on Yachting Industry on LinkedIn.)
* * * * This may not affect you where you live – but it does highlight the fact of how vulnerable national (area and country locations) and international voice and data (Internet) traffic can be if and when something happens to vital undersea cable systems.
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