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Sri Lanka Internet May be Slow due to Damages of Third Undersea Cable

01 February 2008 07:02 am

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(NIDAHASA News) A third undersea fiber optic cable running through the Suez to Sri Lanka was cut today(01).

Internet users in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India may experience slower internet connection due to the damage, reports say.

"It is a problem off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt. For some reason ships were asked to anchor in a different place to normal - 8.3km from the beach," a spokesman for Flag Telecom, the owner of the cable was quoted by The Register as saying.

Flag Telecom told the register that it may take 12 to 15 days to assess the damage and repair though a repair ship was already on the job.

"Such major damage to the internet backbone can cause major problems despite redundancy which allows some re-routing," The Register said.

"The loss of so much bandwidth is likely to have an impact."

Two other fiber optic cables owned by Flag Telecom and consortium SEA-ME-WE 4 located near Alexandria, Egypt, were damaged on Wednesday leading to a slowdown in Internet and telephone services in the Middle East and South Asia.

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