Undersea cable likely to be fixed by April 27 - Etisalat

Damage to undersea cable in Mediterranean to blame for UAE internet slowdown.
NO PROBLEM: du announced earlier that there has been no impact to du’s Internet and international voice services. (Getty Images)
By Neeraj Gangal
Tue 20 Apr 2010 05:50 PM

Etisalat said on Tuesday that the damage to an undersea cable in the Mediterranean was likely to be fixed by April 27. The company added in a statement that new alternative marine cable routes over the last two days had been used to significantly enhance the internet streaming services such as Youtube site access.

"After a sudden Sea-ME-We 4 cable breakdown in the Mediterranean Sea last week, Etisalat customers did not face major slowdowns in internet browsing owing to its robust network with multiple redundant links to major global Internet hubs in Asia, Europe, and USA. Etisalat re-routed traffic to ensure that internet services would remain operational in the UAE," the telecoms company said.

Etisalat also said that the international submarine cable will most likely be fixed by April 27 and the ship will arrive at the location by April 24 to undertake repairs.

Etisalat announced that the international submarine cable provided by Sea-ME-We 4, in the Mediterranean Sea connecting Alexandria and Marseilles, had a unexpected breakdown affecting the internet traffic in the UAE, the UAE-based telecoms giant said in a statement last Thursday.

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