[AI] Another Internet cable damaged near Dubai; India is unaffected

Shadab Husain shadabhsn at gmail.com
Sat Feb 2 22:10:34 EST 2008

Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI: After the snapping of two undersea cables off the Egyptian
coast, another Internet cable, Falcon, owned by FLAG Telecom, has been
damaged in
the Middle East but Internet operations across India have remained unaffected.

Reliance Communications-owned FLAG Telecom reported the cut in the
Falcon cable, 56 km away from Dubai in the segment between UAE and
Oman, on Friday. However
industry sources say the damage will not affect Internet services
across India as the Falcon cable does not carry India-specific
traffic. The company said
it was arranging for restoration of circuits to customers covered
under a pre-planned restoration service.

Fifty-Sixty per cent of the capacity was affected following the
rupture on Wednesday night in the undersea cables, SEA-ME-WE 4 Cable
(SMW-4) and FLAG Cable,
which connect India to Western Europe, consequent to anchoring of
ships near Alexandria. However, all Internet links in the country were
restored on Friday
after service providers shifted their traffic to an alternative route.
It would take 10-12 days to repair the damaged cables and shift the
traffic back
to them.
In touch

The VSNL, Reliance and Bharti Airtel were in constant touch with
Telecom Egypt to ensure speedy repairs, the Department of Telecom said
after reviewing
the situation.
FICCI survey

According to the Federation of Indian Chamber Commerce and Industry
(FICCI), operations of several firms in the country for offshore
outsourcing are running
as usual. A quick survey by the FICCI among members of the Indian IT
and ITeS industry showed that a majority of the service providers felt
no impact of
the sudden disruption in the international undersea cables close to
Egypt's Alexandria coast.

Many of the companies, contacted by the FICCI, said there was no
substantial loss as they were using a robust technology and put in
place a redundancy plan
that allowed them to pick up extra bandwidth from multiple service
providers. While multiple routes of connection and tie-ups with
multiple service providers
saved the day for several companies, a few cases of severe work
restriction were also reported.

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