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Internet traffic interrupted massively in India because of Sub-sea cable

8 April 2013 629 views No Comment

A sub-sea cable in Egypt has caused internet traffic in India, Middle East and North Africa to suffer at downloading and buffering speed. The extent of damage is still being gauged. It is obvious that only the small business units get affected badly as larger ones have their own systems and built-in redundancy. The sub-sea cables interrupted include these systems:

  1. South East Asia
  2. Middle East
  3. Western Europe 4 (SMW-4)
  4. India
  5. Middle East
  6. Western Europe (I-ME-WE) and
  7. Europe India Gateway (EIG)

“Being a Saturday, we may not feel the full impact of the cuts. Though there’s no doubt that traffic has slowed down to a snail’s pace. Moreover, given the global slowdown, most companies themselves are going slowly, and hence the impact may be lower. However, what is surprising is the regularity with which these cuts have been happening,” said Rajesh Chharia President, Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI.

The services are being restored by international consortium of operators managing submarine cable system. The download and buffering issues will continue until the restoration.


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