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Fri 1 Feb 2008 07:42 PM

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Egypt undersea cable breakage fixed within two weeks

Operator expects repairs to Egyptian cable to be completed within two weeks; repair ship due to start work on 5th February

Undersea cable operator FLAG Telecom reports that damage to undersea cables off of Egypt should be repaired within two weeks.

The company said in a statement Friday that a repair ship is underway to the site of the problem, and is expected to arrive around 5th February. Repairs are then expected to be completed within a week of arrival.

Undersea cables have been damaged offshore from Alexandria, Egypt, apparently after being hit by a ship's anchor.

FLAG also said that is has restored the circuits of its customers that have Pre-Planned Restoration services, and is working with other customers on ad hoc restoration of service.

The breakage has been impacted further by a third cable outage in the Arabian Gulf on Friday.

Previous undersea cable problems have taken weeks to repair. Damage caused by an earthquake to seven cables off the coast of Taiwan by an earthquake in December 2006 took some six weeks to repair; while cables hit by storms off the coast of India in August 2005 took three weeks to repair.

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