Net services improve after cable cut

Net services improve after cable cut

Paris: A French ship on Saturday took experts to repair broken undersea Mediterranean cables that caused severe disruption to telephone and Internet services across Asia, France Telecom said.

But many operators said communications services had improved as alternative routes had been used to carry calls and Internet information.

The France Telecom cable ship Raymond Croze was expected to be on the scene of the damage, between Sicily and Tunisia, on Monday, a spokesman said.

Egypt was one of countries worst affected by Friday’s incident, but state news agency Mena said Internet communications there would be restored to more than half of normal capacity on Saturday.

The disruption also affected Singapore, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Business communication links between Europe and India had been diverted via the US.

The cables are jointly owned by several dozen different countries. One cable is 40,000km long and links 33 different countries while a second is 20,000km long and serves 14 states.

An official of Mumbai-based Reliance Communications Ltd blamed a ship’s anchor dragging off the Egyptian port of Alexandria. France Telecom also said this was a “probable" cause of the disruption.