Europe - Middle East Fiber Cut

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  1. duhwho

    duhwho staff Staff Member

    Severed Cables in Mediterranean Disrupt Communication

    Expect slow communication and connection to Europe via Middle East.. they will be re routed to ASIA-America insteads.. ... fer=europe

    Severed Cables in Mediterranean Disrupt Communication (Update4)
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    By Malcolm Fried and Lars Klemming

    Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Internet and telephone communications between the Middle East and Europe were disrupted after three undersea cables connecting Italy and Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea were damaged.

    The failures cut the flow of “data of various kinds” between Europe and the Middle East, and there’s no timeframe for when communications will be restored, said Sanjeev Gaur, director of assurance at Reliance Globalcom Ltd. in India. France Telecom SA, which plans to send a maintenance boat to fix the problem, said the situation should be back to normal by Dec. 31.

    Three cable systems carrying more than 75 percent of traffic between the Middle East, Europe and America were damaged, according to the U.K.’s Interoute Plc, which operates a fiber- optic data network connecting 92 cities. The cables run from Alexandria in northern Egypt to Sicily in southern Italy. In January, an anchor severed the cables outside Alexandria after bad weather conditions forced ships to moor off the coast.

    “The information we have is a bit sketchy, but chances are that it will have been an anchor again,” Jonathan Wright, Interoute’s director of wholesale products, said in a telephone interview. “Close to 90 percent of all the data traffic between Europe and the Middle East is carried on these three cable systems.”

    Interoute said the January incident brought down 70 percent of the Internet network in India and the Middle East.

    Egyptian Outage

    Customer services and some mobile-phone customers at Vodafone Group Plc’s Egyptian unit are affected by the cable failure, said Simon Gordon, a spokesman for the U.K. company. Egypt is the only country where the company is aware of any problems linked to the failure, he said. Most mobile-phone calls are routed through fixed-line cables at some point.

    Verizon Communications Inc., the second-largest U.S. phone company, said it has rerouted traffic for its Verizon Business customers making calls to the Middle East by siphoning it to Europe and the U.S. and then down through Asia, spokeswoman Linda Laughlin said in an interview.

    The rerouting slowed some traffic to about half its normal speed, Laughlin said. Point-to-point customers still don’t have connections, and Verizon doesn’t have information on how many subscribers are affected. The company expects repairs to be completed by early next week, she said.

    Portugal Telecom SGPS SA, Portugal’s biggest phone company, has redirected traffic through other cables in the region and therefore the “impact is very small,” said a company official. Sonaecom SGPS SA, Portugal’s second-biggest fixed-line phone company, also said that it’s diverting traffic to other routes.

    ‘Greatly Disturbed’

    France Telecom’s Orange mobile-phone unit said the cable failure “greatly disturbed” the traffic between Europe and parts of Asia. At one point as much as 55 percent of voice traffic in Saudi Arabia, 52 percent in Egypt and 82 percent in India was out of service, according to Orange.

    Internet traffic “from Mumbai to London has now been rerouted via Hong Kong which may lead to congestion and increased latency on this route,” Reliance said in an e-mailed “traffic disruption update,” adding that it is working with the affected customers to restore all services. The company said it will publish another update on its Web site tomorrow.

    “You can reroute the data through other cables, but that increases traffic and can potentially create bottlenecks,” Interoute’s Wright said. “So Internet connections may slow down and some phone calls could get disrupted.”

    Weather, Sea Conditions

    Some of Interoute’s clients in the U.K. and Southern France are probably affected by the failure, Wright said.

    “It’s difficult to forecast how long it will take to fix the problem as it depends on the weather and sea conditions in the Mediterranean,” Wright said.

    A fault is affecting the SMW4 cable near the Alexandria cable station, the FLAG FEA cable is down and the SMW3 cable system is also affected, according to information received from Telstra. Flag Telecom Group Ltd., a Reliance Globalcom unit, operates FLAG FEA and the other cables are owned by groups of phone companies across the regions.

    Reliance Globalcom doesn’t know exactly what happened and engineers are working on the problem, said Anurag Joshi, head of the company’s global network operations center.

    The SMW4 cable, also known as SEA-ME-WE 4or South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 4 cable network, connects 12 countries: Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy and France.

    France Telecom said one of its maintenance boats in the Mediterranean area is headed to the region for a relief mission with 20 kilometers of spare cable on board.

    Priority will be to recover the SEA-ME-WE 4 cable, then the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable, France Telecom said, adding that Sea Me We4 could be operating by Dec. 25 and the situation should be back to normal by Dec. 31.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Malcolm Fried in London at; Lars Klemming in Stockholm at
    Last Updated: December 19, 2008 18:39 EST
  2. mjay

    mjay Member

    NEWS: Undersea Cable Cuts Disrupt Internet Access (PC World)

    Please read this news: ... rnetaccess

    That news states the reason why some users are having high latency on international sites or links.

    I think this news should be posted here so everyone should be updated about the recent latency problems from internatioal links or sites.
  3. JamesCooper

    JamesCooper Member

    NEWS: Undersea Cable Cuts, Disrupt Internet Access

    Three international submarine cables in the Mediterranean Sea were damaged on Friday, (December 19, 2008), causing significant disruptions to internet and phone traffic in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India and all of the Gulf states. The location of the fault was thought to have occurred between Tunisia and Italy. The three damaged cables are the FLAG Europe-Asia cable, operated by Reliance Globalcom, and two consortium cables, SeaMeWe-3 and SeaMeWe-4 owned jointly by several telecommunications companies.


    France Telecom, reported that service on all cables will be restored by December 31, 2008. Until then, many carriers in the Middle East and South Asia will need to route their European traffic around the globe, through South East Asia and across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.


    Here's a picture of how a damaged submarine cable looks like:


    And here's a pretty good animation of the repair process (courtesy of Alcatel-Lucent):

    [flash width=420 height=320][/flash] ... et-outage/
  4. vanix_09

    vanix_09 Member

    Marami talga ang apektado, traffic is very much expected.

  5. Kaya pala yesterday ang bagal ng Internet ang 400 kb/s na download ko bumama sa 0.10 kb/s bad trip.
  6. duhwho

    duhwho staff Staff Member

    may similar thread na ito kahapon ko pa na post hehehehe

    double posting hehehehe

    la lang!
  7. JamesCooper

    JamesCooper Member


    The cause of the break has still not been confirmed. Initial reports suggested that it could have been snapped by a ship's anchor.

    But Egypt's communications ministry said damage to the cables in the Mediterranean was not caused by ships.

    The transport ministry said that footage recorded by onshore video cameras of the location of the cables showed no maritime traffic in the area when the cables were damaged.

    "The ministry's maritime transport committee reviewed footage covering the period of 12 hours before and 12 hours after the cables were cut and no ships sailed the area," a statement said.

    Hindi raw nasagasaan ng barko... ano kaya talaga ang dahilan ng cable break?
  8. philyoh_akoh

    philyoh_akoh Member

    apekatado ba tayo niyan?
  9. dyoddyowel

    dyoddyowel Member

    similar thread merged and reposted on the front page portal...
  10. stanelope

    stanelope Member

    apektado nga ba tayo nyan?
  11. duhwho

    duhwho staff Staff Member

    wow galing dywowel hehehehe nagulat din ako hehehee

    pero guys.. the only one affected will be the europe who has link to middle east directly which will be re route to America and ASIA and vice versa Middle east which has directly link as well to europe will need to re route the traffic, of course this will cause latency and slowdown on some connection.

    As of us in ASIA, our europe link is always goes to the US-Europe Link... it seldom it goes to use Mid East to go to europe.. and our connection to Mid east will have no effect since there is no cut in India...

    but then again, since there will be bulk of traffic that will be redirected... expect a surge in traffic but no worries Reliance/Teleglobe, Reach, PCCW, Hutchison Global, Pacific Net/Asianet and more, has a seasoned crisis management team.

  12. JamesCooper

    JamesCooper Member

    @ MOD duhwho and dyo

    hayz salamat, hindi tayo apektado sa Asia... salamat din kay MOD dyo sa pag-merged ng thread...
  13. dyoddyowel

    dyoddyowel Member

    yan, you heard it from the master itself, no worries daw... hehehe...
  14. mjay

    mjay Member

    Salamat sa pag-merge ng sakin...
  15. duhwho

    duhwho staff Staff Member

    heheheee no worries jamescooper


    tse!.. hehehehehe
  16. dyoddyowel

    dyoddyowel Member

    buti na lang di tyo apektado kung hindi masisira mga downloads ko... hehe...

    @ duhwho

    buti na lang lagi ka updated sa mga latest chismis about this... hehehe...
  17. duhwho

    duhwho staff Staff Member

    syempre mahirap na mawalan ng internet... hehehehee
  18. athenaxds

    athenaxds Member

    I feel its effect ang taas ng ping ko outside the country :cry:

    Hirap tuloy mag download sa mga international sites.

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