Thursday, January 31, 2008

Internet Down in Cairo

Large swaths of the Middle East and Southeast Asia fell into internet darkness after two major underseas fiber optic links were damaged off Egypt's coast on Wednesday.

Early reports blamed an errant anchor for severing the cables.

The cuts hit two fiber optic links: FLAG Europe Asia and SEA-ME-WE-4. The two cables are competitors that carry traffic from Europe through the Middle East along to Japan (and vice versa).

FLAG runs about 17,000 miles, stretching from London, through the Suez canal, around India, along China's coast to Japan.

AUC sent out this email today to their internet users :
"The main Internet Service Provider (ISP) for Egypt, FLAG, is experiencing traffic delays on their international lines linking Egypt to the World Wide Web. This is affecting AUC's Internet access.

After contacting our local ISPs, we were assured that FLAG is working on resolving the issue but cannot predict when the recovery time will be.

Please bear with us, and we apologize for any inconvenience."

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