February 1, 2008

Undersea cables snap in Egypt, Internet slows down

BROADBAND PROBLEM: The traffic has been routed through alternate bandwidth sources, slowing down connectivity. If you are facing problems with your broadband Internet connection, that's because several undersea cables have snapped in Alexandria, Egypt.


Snapping of undesea cables through the Mediterranean has affected communication links and slowed down Internet services across continents. In India too, users faced problems after the cables snapped.


 


The cable network belonging to the Flag Telecom and SMW-4 project are the ones badly affected.


 


SMW-4 is a submarine cable system linking South East Asia to Europe via the Indian Sub-Continent and Middle East.


 


Indian telecom operators Bharti and VSNL own stakes in SMW-4. While restoration work at Reliance owned Flag telecom is on, the traffic has been routed through alternate bandwidth sources, slowing down connectivity.