UAE Etisalat users face disruption after cable cut

Egyptian army have arrested divers caught cutting through Mediterranean submarine cable
UAE Etisalat users face disruption after cable cut
By Claire Valdini
Thu 28 Mar 2013 01:44 PM

Telco Etisalat has warned customers in the UAE that they may experience slower internet services after a fibre optic cable was cut in the Mediterranean Sea.

The UAE’s largest telecom operator said it will continue to monitor traffic to minimise disruptions but did not confirm when services would be fully restored.

The Etisalat announcement followed hours after Egypt’s coastguard confirmed it had captured three divers cutting through an undersea internet cable. It was not immediately clear whether the incident is responsible for disruptions but cable operator SEACOM last week said its services had been disrupted.

The firm, which carries traffic for other companies, said that services had been cut on Friday but restored them on Wednesday, only to report hours later that another connection had been cut.

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