Apr 21, 2010

Internet disruption in UAE not yet fixed

Abu Dhabi. The damaged submarine data cable in the Mediterranean Sea, which caused disruptions in UAE internet traffic last week, is still not fixed, telecom provider Etisalat said on Tuesday. Initially, the repair ship was expected to arrive at the site of the broken cable last Saturday and fix it by Tuesday, but the ship has been delayed. Etisalat said the cable will "most likely" be fixed by April 27 as the ship is now scheduled to arrive at the location by April 24 to undertake repairs. The SEAMEWE-4 consortium, operator of the cable, has mobilised its cable repair ship to carry out repair work on priority basis, according to a statement issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited. Pakistan is also affected by the fault as are several other Middle East countries. Etisalat said it has added new international alternative marine cable routes over the last two days, which has "significantly enhanced" the internet streaming services such as Youtube site access.

"Etisalat customers did not face major slowdowns in internet browsing owing to its robust network with multiple redundant links to major global internet hubs in Asia, Europe, and USA. Etisalat re-routed traffic to ensure that internet services would remain operational in the UAE," an Etisalat spokesperson said.

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