Rare Cable Rupture ‘a Wake-Up Call’ for India

In the heart of an industrial zone and up an ordinary flight of stairs, young computer engineers buzzed with activity Friday in front of a huge screen tracking Internet connectivity in this country’s booming service sector.

The fiber-optic cables that carry data around the world have been damaged before. But experts said the simultaneous rupture of two underwater cables, reportedly caused by a ship’s anchor 12 miles off the coast of Egypt, was rare, and served to highlight the vulnerability of the global information technology system.

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