Egypt undersea cable breakage fixed within two weeks

Operator expects repairs to Egyptian cable to be completed within two weeks; repair ship due to start work on 5th February

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By  Mark Sutton Published  February 1, 2008

Undersea cable operator FLAG Telecom reports that damage to undersea cables off of Egypt should be repaired within two weeks.

The company said in a statement Friday that a repair ship is underway to the site of the problem, and is expected to arrive around 5th February. Repairs are then expected to be completed within a week of arrival.

Undersea cables have been damaged offshore from Alexandria, Egypt, apparently after being hit by a ship's anchor.

FLAG also said that is has restored the circuits of its customers that have Pre-Planned Restoration services, and is working with other customers on ad hoc restoration of service.

The breakage has been impacted further by a third cable outage in the Arabian Gulf on Friday.

Previous undersea cable problems have taken weeks to repair. Damage caused by an earthquake to seven cables off the coast of Taiwan by an earthquake in December 2006 took some six weeks to repair; while cables hit by storms off the coast of India in August 2005 took three weeks to repair.

3594 days ago
David Barnjum

Lay a new cable on the surface across the region and allow fix to breakages easily within hours. Also allow cheaper connection to existing bandwidth for new potential uers of the bandwidth network. Locating the break would be easy, repairing the break would be quick and require a lot less equipment and therefor emuch cheaper to return services to normal. All seems too simple really doesn't it. Specialist repair teams could be parachuted in at short notice on site with all necessary tooling - job done!

3597 days ago
Sam Lim

To Recover bandwidth......suggestion?

3597 days ago
Alex Fisken

Good morning, I fully appreciate that the severing of an internet cable is not the fault of Etisalat, DU or any other service providor. However when I am paying a VASTLY INFLATED FEE for a service I do not receive (this is the 3rd time in 2 years) that is the responsibility of the service providor. Either reduce the charges OR increase the bandwith for the same price for your customers. We are customers so where is the 'best in class' customer service? Non existent I guess.

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