Cable damage hits internet network in India

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New Delhi, Jan 31: Internet users in India struggled with slow surfing speeds and companies tapped redundancy systems to overcome a disruption to international connectivity due to the breakdown of two undersea cables in the Mediterranean, industry officials said.

An anchoring ship off Egypt"s Alexandria coast damaged Indian-owned FLAG cable and also SEA-ME-WE on Wednesday morning and urgent repair teams had set sail for the location. An official of Reliance group, which owns FLAG, said the repair will take about 10 days. The country"s outsourcing industry and internet service providers have all connected to several lines and the downtime in one normally leads to deflection of traffic to other routes.

But some mission-critical operations can sometimes suffer. Wednesday"s disruption in SEA-ME-WE and Indian-owned FLAG cables had not been resolved till Wednesday evening.


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