Bahrain Internet service severely disrupted

Cable fault on King Fahd Causeway slows Internet service and cuts access to some sites

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By  Mark Sutton Published  August 14, 2008

Internet service in Bahrain was severely disrupted yesterday, due to a cable fault between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Services were severely slowed, with users unable to access many sites, especially international sites, until the evening.

A Batelco spokesperson told the Gulf Daily News that the disruption had been caused by a fault on a cable that runs across the King Fahd Causeway to Saudi Arabia. No details were given on the nature of the fault, and a spokesperson was not available when contacted on Thursday.

Repair work on the cable, which is owned by Saudi Telecoms Company (STC) was carried out between 2pm and 5.30pm, although Internet service was still slow into the evening due to high demand.

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