Cable cuts force re-routing of Internet traffic around the world

Carriers report Internet delays with India, Middle EastTwo fiber-optic underwater cables that were damaged yesterday in the Mediterranean Sea near Egypt have resulted in Internet traffic delays for some U.S. users trying to link to India and the Middle East.The congestion and delay on Internet links due to re-routing of traffic is measured in milliseconds, and while not considered dire, is noticeable, according to industry officials.A preliminary investigation has linked the cuts to a ship’s anchor that dragged and ripped into the two cables, while the ship was anchored in an unusual location because of bad weather, officials said. Repairs could take days.

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