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

  • From: Steven M. Bellovin
  • Date: Mon Feb 04 14:30:34 2008

On Sun, 3 Feb 2008 22:56:39 -0500 (EST)
Sean Donelan <[email protected]> wrote:

> Caution: upon further research it appears there may be some language
> misscommunication in some of the reports; and some of the outages may
> be multiple reports of the same incidents.
>    Confirming international media reports, an Etisalat official
> yesterday told Khaleej Times that the cable network was not
> completely severed, though the damage slowed down the already
> affected system. He did not give any further details regarding the
> cause of damage. [...]
>    This is the third incident of its kind in the area since January 30
>    since the cables were first damaged in the Mediterranean and then
> off the coast of Dubai, causing widespread disruption to Internet and
>    international telephone services in Egypt, Gulf Arab states and
> south Asia.
> FLAG restoration update information:
is probably as authoritative a source as one can find for what
happened.  It says there were two cuts in the Mediterranean (SEA-ME-WE 4
near Marseille) and Flag Telecom's Europe-Asia cable near Alexandria.
The Flag Telecom Falcon cable was cut between UAE and Oman, and the
Qatar-UAE cable failed due to a power issue.

		--Steve Bellovin,