Home / / Undersea cables could take weeks to fix

Undersea cables could take weeks to fix

Disruption to Internet service expected to last for at least two weeks, spokesperson says.

UPDATED: Undersea cable operator FLAG Telecom reports that damage to undersea cables 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.

Two undersea cables have been severed offshore from Alexandria, Egypt, apparently after being hit by a ship's anchor.

Egypt has been hit hardest by the breakage, with up to 70% of the national network affected.

In the UAE, telco Etisalat said it is still assessing the extent of the problem, but expects to have a better picture of the situation in the next day or so.

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.

Follow us to get the most comprehensive technology news in UAE delivered fresh from our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and listen to our Weekly Podcast. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter on curated technology news in the Middle East and Worldwide.

REGISTER NOW | Webinar Event | Security you can bank on – Safeguarding the Middle East’s financial sector

Presented in partnership with security and network specialist Cybereason, the second in the three part webinar series will bring together a panel of experts to discuss how banks and financial institutions are evolving their service offering while simultaneously staying one step ahead of the cyber criminals who seek to bring their operations crashing to the ground.