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Internet services have been disrupted in parts of the Middle East following damage to an undersea cable in the Mediterranean, according to reports.
There was disruption to 70% of the nationwide network in Egypt, a government official told Reuters.
There was also disruption in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, reported the Associated Press.
India also suffered up to 60% disruption, a national industry body told Reuters news agency.
MULTIPLE CABLE BREAKS ON THE SEA ME WE 4 AND FLAG SUBMARINE CABLE SYSTEMS
What are SEA ME WE 4 and FLAG cable systems?
FLAG (Fibre-Optic link around the globe) and SEA ME WE (South East Asia, Middle East, Western Europe) Number 4, are major submarine cable systems carrying traffic for multiple carriers around the globe. We use these cable systems to provide services to Asia-based and global customers.
SEA ME WE 4 and Flag cable systems, suffered multiple-submarine cable breaks in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday 30th January.
The first cable break took place at 04.29 GMT and affected the SEA ME WE 4 cable system. The second cable break took place at 07.56 GMT and affected the FLAG cable system. These two cable systems also had mutual restoration arrangements with each other. This means that if one of these cables failed, traffic would be carried on the other cable.
What's the impact?
A number of our customers suffered either disruption to, or a total loss of service.
What we're doing to fix it?
We immediately put in place our Major Incident process and initiated our back-up plan to re-route customers onto alternative paths, so they could continue operations as normal.
We've restored all of our customer's traffic on the SEA ME WE 4 cable system onto other cables, and we're working around the clock to restore the small number of customers on FLAG cable system that we haven’t been able to re-route, to ensure we continue to provide the services they expect.
The outage heavily crippled Dubai's business section, which is heavily reliant on electronic means for billions of dollars' worth of transactions daily.
Until service is restored, many carriers in Egypt and the Middle East must now route their European traffic around the globe, through South East Asia and across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Originally posted by stumason
It's just a damaged undersea cable. Happens all the time.