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Thu 7 Feb 2008 03:50 PM

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Internet chaos nears its end

Two broken underwater cables providing data services to Middle East to be fixed by February 10, Flag says.

Repair work on two broken undersea cables providing data services to parts of the Middle East and Asia should be completed by February 10, cable operator Flag Telecom said on Thursday.

The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of India's Number two mobile operator Reliance Communications, said repair work on a section of the Flag Europe-Asia cable between Egypt and Italy and the Falcon cable system off the coast of the UAE was progressing steadily and was likely to finished by Sunday.

Undersea cable connections were disrupted off Egypt's northern coast last week when segments of two international cables were cut, affecting internet access in the Gulf region and South Asia, and forcing service providers to re-route traffic.

A third undersea cable, Falcon, was reported broken between Dubai and Oman. Flag said on Tuesday a ship had reached the location and repair work had started. (Reuters)

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