Undersea cables breakdown to hit BPO, telecom services

Undersea cables breakdown to hit BPO, telecom services
PTI
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First Published: Sun, Dec 21 2008. 05 01 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Dec 21 2008. 05 01 PM IST
New Delhi: The IT, BPO and telecom services in the country will be affected on Monday when they will resume operations as three undersea cables have broken down.
The undersea cables in the Mediterranean Sea, which link Europe to West Asia, broke down on Friday evening. Its impact was not felt in the last two days since it was the week-end. The impact could be felt on Monday with the start of the week.
“IT and BPO companies will experience very slow internet access connectivity and telecom companies will have to keep back-up to carry on ISD calls particularly to and fro calls from the Middle East, the east coast of the US and Europe, Internet Service Providers Association President Rajesh Chharia said.
Most of India’s internet traffic is routed through the US and consequently the Pacific link is more important for India than the Mediterranean link, Chharia said.
However, from tomorrow the Pacific link will have to carry most of the traffic, voice and data, causing the slow speed and call drops.
Individual internet connections, which have been almost normal in the last two days, are unlikely to face any problem.
A communication from France Telecom said the cut in the three undersea cables have greatly disturbed the traffic between Europe and Asia. The immediate appraisal was that 82% of India’s voice traffic was out of service.
“By 25 December, one of the cables SMW-4 could be operating and by December-end the situation should be back to normal, it said.
The three Indian telecom companies Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and Tata Communications, which own fully or partially through consortium the undersea cables, said they have started repair work on the damaged portion to avoid major inconveniences to the customers.
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First Published: Sun, Dec 21 2008. 05 01 PM IST
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