Have you heard of the undersea cables mysteriously being cut? Who or what is at fault?
The count as of today is up to 5. That’s right the latest cable cut affected 1.7m Internet users in UAE.
Internet as well as voice data has been affected.
A total of five cables being operated by two submarine cable operators have been damaged with a fault in each.
These are SeaMeWe-4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-4) near Penang, Malaysia, the FLAG Europe-Asia near Alexandria, FLAG near the Dubai coast, FALCON near Bandar Abbas in Iran and SeaMeWe-4, also near Alexandria.
The first cut in the undersea Internet cable occurred on January 23, in the Flag Telcoms FALCON submarine cable which was not reported. This has not been repaired yet and the cause remains unknown, explained Jaishanker.
A major cut affecting the UAE occurred on January 30 in the SeaMeWe-4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-4). “This was followed by another cut on February 1 which was on the same cable (FALCON). This affected the du network majorly as connections from the Gulf were severed while there was limited connectivity within the region,” said Khaled Tabbara, executive director, Carrier Relations, du.
He explained that the network was re-routed through Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia and was near normal now.
Almost 90 per cent of Internet traffic is routed through undersea cables and only 10 per cent is done through the satellite.
The experts also suggested that the cause of damage could have been a ship’s anchor that was dragging due to inclement weather conditions in the region during that particular period. “About 60-80 per cent of damages to undersea cable are due to external factors and only 10 per cent on an average can be classified as component failure,” said Tabbara.
A ship’s anchor? Really? Five cables? Don’t these ships know where the cables are? Curious minds want to know.