Undersea Cable Failure Causes Mideast Internet Chaos

By  |  Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Well it looks like it has happened again, and nobody knows why just yet — another undersea cable — this time three of them — that run between Asia and North America have been cut. Only one cable remains, which is causing big problems for the Internet worldwide, and in some cases, cutting countries off altogether.

These cables handle about 75 percent of the traffic between Europe, Asia, and North America. They are located in the Medittereanean Sea between Sicily and Tunisia. Companies that own the cables can currently not give any time frame for restoration of service, however service could be back to normal by the end of the year.

Sabotage is possible, but it appears that officials are believing that a boat anchor may have been the ultimate cause. The worst effects seem to be in traffic passing from the European continent to the Middle East.

Traffic in the meantime will need to be rerouted, which could close slowdowns in Internet connections worldwide as the increased traffic could cause so-called “bottlenecks” to occur.

We’ll update this as more details come out.

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