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Repair work on damaged cable delayed by a week

Repair work on damaged Sea-ME-We 4 undersea cable unlikely to be complete before April 27, according to Etisalat.

Repair work on the Sea-Me-We 4 cable is now due to start on April 24.
Repair work on the Sea-Me-We 4 cable is now due to start on April 24.

The Sea-ME-We 4 undersea cable, which broke down in the Mediterranean Sea last week, is unlikely to be repaired for another week, according to UAE telco Etisalat. The operator said in a statement that the cable would most likely be repaired by April 27, with the repair ship due to arrive at the location on April 24.

Last Thursday, the UAE’s second operator Du had said that the cable would be repaired by April 20  “subject to weather, sea and cable conditions."

Etisalat said that it had added alternative marine cable routes over the last two days, which had “significantly enhanced the Internet streaming services such as Youtube site access.”

The operator added that customers  “did not face major slowdowns in Internet browsing” following the breakdown of the Sea-ME-We 4 cable as it was able to make use of alternative capacity on other cable links. However, Etisalat was forced to prioritise business customers at the expense of home users, leaving some residents complaining of disruptions to websites such as Youtube.