Internet woes to continue till end of month

Repair work on faulty submarine cable only began on Sunday due to unfavourable weather

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Internet woes to continue till end of month Ongoing repair work on the SEA-ME-WE 4 cable has had a negative impact on Internet connectivity in the Middle East.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  April 27, 2010

Repairs on the faulty SEA-ME-WE 4 cable system that stretches from South East Asia to Europe through India and the Middle East was delayed due to poor weather in the Mediterranean Sea.

Repair work to fix the affected fibre pair was scheduled to start on April 17th but got pushed back to April 24th before finally beginning on Sunday.

"...due to ongoing maintenance activity on another cable network servicing Africa and poor weather in the Mediterranean Sea, the actual work only began on Sunday 25 April 2010 resulting in the SEACOM service experiencing interruptions from around mid-day on Sunday," SEACOM said in a statement.

Ongoing repairs have had a negative impact on overall internet connectivity in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. According to SEACOM, operators that have chosen to find alternative channels have been routed to an Internet Access point in India to maintain service.

"The repair work is managed and controlled by SEA-ME-WE 4 who has indicated that the repair window may be extended to Friday 30 April 2010 for reasons unknown to SEACOM at this point," the statement added.

UAE internet service providers Etisalat said they had added alternative marine cable routes to boost connectivity following the incident, which has "significantly enhanced the Internet streaming services such as Youtube site access" but that they prioritise business customers over home users.

Neither Etisalat nor Du have offered an update on the situation but last week said they expected repairs to be over by today (April 27th).

3241 days ago
Tariq Vinayakan

With the arrival of du, one expected Etisalat to pull up its socks. But those behind latter have probably bought out the former...and we continue to be exploited by a monopoly. Bring in Vodafone and other private operators. Look at what they've done in India. A developing country is far ahead of this so called progressive nation in telecommunication.

3245 days ago

Couldn't agree more with Dave's comments. The services here are absolutely bloody awful, the prices charged a lesson in daylight robbery. I've been in the UAE 17 years, and have now decided its time to leave. The country is going backwards, and the policies of the government becoming ever more xenerphobic. Why offer properties for sale to people and then not offer them the visas to live in them.

3247 days ago

meanwhie cause of some unknown delay we are all paying Premium prices for a service slower than I had 15 years ago in the uk on dial up. I am meant to be on the worlds fasted wireless system. HAHAHAHA. 60 pounds a month for dodgy connetion. slower than dial up speeds. and this is BEFORE the recent problems. why? because it my only option and they know us suckers HAVE to pay for these pathetic services. thank god I am leaving soon as I am sick of this being used like an idiot. the tv is just as bad.

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