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Re: [admin] Re: Fourth cable damaged in Middle Eest (Qatar to UAE)

  • From: Brandon Galbraith
  • Date: Mon Feb 04 12:44:46 2008
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On 2/4/08, Kee Hinckley <[email protected]> wrote:

If you know that someone wants to cut your cables.  What defense do
you have?  Is there any practical way to monitor and protect an
oceanic cable? Are there ways to build them that would make them less
discoverable? Some way to provide redundancy?  A non-physical solution
involving underwater repeaters? Or is this like pipelines in Iraq?

While reading the hacker tourist article someone posted from Wired many years ago, it mentioned that as the FO cable comes closer to shore, more extreme measures are taken to protect it, including fluidizing the sand underneath the cable to cause the cable to sink under, and then stopping the fluidizing process so the sand compacts above it. I'm unsure how practical this would be along a substantial link of cable though. (Although, burying the cable under compact sand seems like it would protect it from a whole host of dangers).