January 2, 2007

Ships to repair undersea cables

TAIPEI — Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co. said Tuesday two repair ships will soon start fixing undersea cables damaged last week by an earthquake off the island's coast that resulted in a major disruption to telephone and Internet links across Asia.

The two ships will take two to three weeks to complete their task, said Wu Chih-ming, a senior official at Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan's largest telecommunications company.

"The ships are expected to arrive in Taiwan today and tomorrow and will work at sea over the next two weeks," Wu said Tuesday. Two more ships will join later, he said, without elaborating.

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