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Du warns of internet disruptions after cable cut

UPDATE: Marine cable will take several days to fix, users warned to expect slow internet service

Du warns of internet disruptions after cable cut
Du, the UAE’s second largest telecoms firm, has warned users to expect internet service disruptions

Du, the UAE’s second largest telecoms firm, has warned users to expect internet service disruptions after an undersea telecoms cable was cut, impacting performance in the Gulf.

About 30 percent of du’s overall available internet
capacity has been affected,
the company said in a statement.

It added that, according to the cable operators, internet performance is expected to return to normal levels by March 30.

“Customers will continue to face bandwidth degradation and longer connection times,” the company said, adding that traffic would be rerouted over alternative links.

Rival telco Etisalat, which last week said it would invest $15bn on overhauling its networks over the next five years, said its services were unaffected by the cable cut.

The telco is “probably the least-affected operator when there is a marine cable problem,” as a result of its wider Asian, European and US network links, the company said.

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Haider 9 years ago

i agree with the above comments. Not only is this outrageous, but do you guys realize how expensive the internet is in uae? and how much du charges us per month for internet? compare that to other countries please. with the amount of money they get......its unreal how bad the service is.

if it becomes a reason to move out of the country, well, blame the poor infrastructure.

Sarim Al-Zubaidy 9 years ago

Hey dude its April 2 now and my download speed is 10 kbps(down from 1800 kbps)

IBNM 9 years ago

Mobili ( Etisalat) network in Saudi is offering unlimited internet package in Saudi Arabia with their normal sim card at 75 SR for 3 months, why cant they offer this service in UAE, they are really charging a huge amount in UAE ( Both DU & Etisalat)