Another internet cable cut

Discussion in 'Egyptian Lounge' started by Georgina, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Georgina

    Georgina New Member

    Three fiber link undersea cables running between Europe and Egypt and providing most of the connectivity for the Middle East, Africa, parts of India and beyond were cut yesterday. We have had problems connecting to the internet since yesterday here in Egypt.
  2. Hi Georgina, yep i experienced similar problems affecting my buisness emails too ;( Seems to be back on just this moment.

  3. nubianqueen

    nubianqueen New Member

    shokran georgina

    i wondered saw this on the news and everything seems to be quite the egyptian end for me

    p.s. i am sure i have lots of questions for you but i am in the hurghada village nightmare at the moment and just want to stay out of it all and see how it pans out!

  4. Georgina

    Georgina New Member

    My USB modem from Etisalat seems to be working OK now.

    From the BBC:

    Repairs begin on undersea cable

    A French crew has begun to repair two undersea cables in the Mediterranean that were
    severed on Friday, disrupting internet and phone communications.

    A robot submarine will locate the ends of the cables on the sea bed and bring them to the
    surface to be re-connected.

    They were cut somewhere between Sicily and Tunisia, probably by an anchor.

    Egypt says it has been able to restore most of its communications by re-routing services,
    but other parts of the Middle East remain badly affected.

    Experts have warned that it may be days before the fault is fixed and that the knock-on
    effect could have serious repercussions on regional economies.

    Lengthy process

    Experts from France Telecom Marine arrived at the site of the damage to the SEA-ME-
    WE4 and SEA-ME-WE3 lines on board the cable ship, Raymond Croze, at 1330 GMT on
    Sunday, spokesman Louis-Michel Aymard said.

    They then sent a remotely-operated submarine robot called "Hector" to the sea bed to
    begin the search for the two ends of each line.

    It is unclear how long it will take, as a ship anchor could have dragged them several
    kilometres from their normal positions.

    Once located, the cable ends will be brought to the surface by the robot and repairs will
    be carried out in a special facility on the ship - a process that could take days.

    "We have to fix the cable fibre by fibre, and it's a very huge cable," Mr Aymard told the
    Associated Press.

    France Telecom said it expected to repair SEA-ME-WE4 by 25 December and SEA-ME-WE3
    by the end of the year.

    The third line believed to have been severed in the same incident, FLAG, is not operated
    by the same consortium and will be repaired by another ship.

    Earlier this year, the same line was damaged off Egypt's Mediterranean coast, severely
    disrupting internet and phone communications for many in the Middle East for days,
    although only two lines were snapped then.
  5. Ahmed Abouraia

    Ahmed Abouraia New Member

    serious and logical question ,

    why the internet still running in Isreal without and damages?

    why the cut affect all the middle east countires exept Isreal ?
  6. GM43

    GM43 Banned

    According to this website: Almasry Alyoum it was because of an earthquake.
    According to this website: Earthquake Locator: Mapping Interface there was an earthquake, but on WEDNESDAY, 2 days before the cables were cut.

    I think it was because they didn't pay the bill, because (although the cables are still not repaired) I can download again at my maximum download speed!
  7. Georgina

    Georgina New Member


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