3 of 5 broken undersea cables to be repaired by Sunday

Three of the five undersea cables that were severely damaged and caused disruptions across the middle east will be repaired by Sunday, one of them being repaired by Saturday, according to authorities currently dealing with the matter. The broken cables caused disruptions to thousands of people across Asia, and cut Egypt's internet capacity in half. Much of the Internet traffic was rerouted within 24 hours, but definitely made things difficult.

Cable operators say that the repairs are well underway. It is still not known why or how the cables were damaged, however it is unlikely to be a coincidence: these undersea cables aren't broken all that often, and when five are broken within the span of one week, there's clearly something going on that we don't know about.

News source: Reuters

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Well its good they're repairing the cables. It just shouldn't happen again though, or history could repeat it, or keep repeating itself. So lets just hope it was highly improbably for them to break, yet they did. And its unlikely to happen again.

I will let you all in on the secret. It was the got damn Loch Ness monster. Just remember you heard it from me. Nessie is on vacation in the middle east because she's tired of people pokin around her house all the time.

ooo ooo ooo i know whats happening. Extremists have cut off the internet in an attempt to lower the IQs of the people to boost terrorist school enrollments.

wow, that took some time.

After 5 damaged cables in less than a week, the mainstream press finally begins to realize that the damage done might NOT have come from natural causes. Incredible. I'm glad that we have such fast-thinking journalists.

the fish have finally had enough! this is their first attack against human-kind. First they will take away our internets and then with the raising the of world's sea-levels they will kills us all .... I for one welcome our new underwater overlords

If "main stream media" are reporting the cuts as suspicious, then someone's "dropped the ball" or a coded message is being sent out!

3 cables 4, 5, 8, 9, whatever the number of cables, however many cuts, I hope someone makes an analysis of the damage, and reports the findings. The repairs are costing someone a lot of money!

Being that fibre cables have boosters every 30 Kms, I would have thought operators would know exactly where abouts the cables are damaged, within seconds. How difficult would it be to get a spotter plane out, so that the "vandal", ship, or drunken captain can be identified, and a claim made! This will happen in future, if not now.

I don't think this is accidental, neither do I think Bin-Laden is using anchors as a weapon of mass distraction!

This recent 5th cut was to one that was just repaired.

Someone doesn't want the lines getting repaired and everyone keeps ignoring the fact this is hurting Iran the most. People keep also ignoring how nobody really wants to talk about it and when they have talked about it they have no clue what to say.

Some of you need to actually read the details before calling some of us conspiracy nuts. If you read more about it, there's a possiblity there's actually 9 lines that have been cut. Something's not right here. There have been no ships in the area that could have cut the lines by dragging an anchor. It's all been done under the water. There has been no plate shifting to cause the breaks either. Thsi has all been confirmed.

Someone wants Iran cut off and they want to keep them cut off.

@Aleck79

True, cable disruptions aren't rare. But when you have 5, with the possibility of 9, cables that are being cut all in the same area and hurting one country more than others, that's pretty rare.

Yes, after all these years and how "fragile" these cables are, it's totally believable that this is the first time *ever* that such a disruption has occured in such a short time frame. That major arteries all just *happened* to *accidently* get severed due to sea floor rocks despite "25 large ships that do nothing but fix cable cuts and bends."

Mmhmm.

It is still not known why or how the cables were damaged, however it is unlikely to be a coincidence: these undersea cables aren't broken all that often, and when five are broken within the span of one week, there's clearly something going on that we don't know about.

lol, bullsh*t, the article states that underseas cables being disrupted is a rarity... bullsh*t. its far from it.

According to Stephen Beckert, a senior analyst at TeleGeography, the events are far less exceptional than they seem; "Cable cuts happen on average once every three days," there are 25 large ships that do nothing but fix cable cuts and bends, and a "cut" is usually the result of cables rubbing against sea floor rocks.

source: http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/02/w...ut-the-cab.html

According to Global Marine Systems,"Undersea cable damage is hardly rare--indeed, more than 50 repair operations were mounted in the Atlantic alone last year". While a cut in a cable crossing the Atlantic has "no significant effect" due to the many alternate cables, only a handful of internet cables serve the Middle East. These disruptions are only noticeable because of the relatively few cables in the region making disruptions much more noticeable.

source: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=4244474&page=1


its time to take off your tinfoil hat and get back to reality...seriously...

(Aleck79 said @ #4)
lol, bullsh*t, the article states that underseas cables being disrupted is a rarity... bullsh*t. its far from it.
Teh source article mentions nothing of the sort. Most of this Neowin Front Page News item is user interpretation and speculation. Why link to the source, if the article isn't from the "source"?

It is still not known why or how the cables were damaged...

just how exactly will they repair the cables if they don't know what's wrong??

Obiviously the cables were cut in some manner, that's easy to repair. How they were cut exactly can be much harder to figure out and why they were.

they said it was a power failure in the grid earlier. now they say it was cut. doesn't sound like they know what's going on to me

(PermaSt0ne said @ #2.2)
they said it was a power failure in the grid earlier. now they say it was cut. doesn't sound like they know what's going on to me

The power failure was only for one of the cables I believe

Regardless, I don't get the big deal of screaming conspiracy in such a case... Really... 5 cables in a week? Major cables, and their initial explanations were incorrect.