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Middle East Internet services disrupted by undersea cable cut

29 марта 2011

Internet services across the Middle East, including in the United Arab Emirates, will be disrupted until March 30 due to a damaged telecommunications submarine cable, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co., or Du, said.

Du, in a statement emailed late Saturday, said the "degradation of internet services" was the result of an international submarine cable cut that occurred March 23 and was affecting internet users across the entire region, including the U.A.E.

"Du would like to assure its customers that it has taken immediate action to ease the situation by rerouting its traffic over other available links. According to the cable operators, internet performance is expected to go back to more normal levels by March 30th 2011," Du said in a statement Sunday.

Damaged submarine cables linking southeast Asia to Europe have caused disruptions to internet services across the Middle East on several occasions in the last three years.

"This [the cable cut] has resulted in a degradation of internet services across the entire region including the U.A.E. Around 30% of Du's overall available internet capacity has been affected," Du said.

Du added that a partial submarine cable cut of the Flag-Falcon Cable System, operated by Reliance Globalcom Company has occurred. The fault is located around 30-45 kilometers from the Flag-Falcon Cable landing station in Dubai.

The U.A.E.'s other telco, Emirates Telecommunications Corp., or Etisalat, the region's biggest telecom provider by market value, said in an emailed statement that its internet services in the country were functioning normally.

"Etisalat has a network of integrated cables linked with all internet centers in Asia, Europe and the U.S., which allows it to convert the movement of data in case of any submarine cable disruption," said Jaber Al Janahi, senior vice president of corporate communications at Etisalat.

Источник: Total Telecom

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