Ruptures call safety of Internet cables into question

Four undersea communication cables have been cut in the past week, raising questions about the safety of the oceanic network that handles the bulk of the world’s Internet and telephone traffic.Most telecommunications experts and cable operators say that sabotage seems unlikely, but no one knows what damaged the cables or whether the incidents were related.One theory – that a wayward ship traveling off course because of bad weather was responsible for cutting the first two cables last week – was dismissed by the Egyptian government over the weekend.No ships passed the area in the Mediterranean where the cables were located, the country’s Ministry of Communications said Sunday.
http://iht.com/articles/2008/02/04/technology/cables.php
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/04/business/worldbusiness/04cnd-cable.htmlEgypt says Internet back to normal in 10 days [Reuters]
Internet services in Egypt will not be restored to normal for at least 10 days after two undersea cables were cut earlier this week, causing severe disruptions, the telecommunications ministry said on Saturday.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKL0236548720080202

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