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

  • From: Rod Beck
  • Date: Tue Feb 05 12:22:39 2008

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

There is an important point to make here. The word 'cut' is misleading as it suggests that someone cut it.

The correct terminology is 'non-operational cable'. Shakespeare faces no competition from my industry ...

Most cable failures occur when deep ocean currents rub the cable against rocks and erode the cladding until water hits the copper that carries power through the cable to the undersea repeaters. At that point the individual fibers have little protection and it is not long before those fibers are cut or sufficiently bent by pounding against a rocky surface to degrade the signal to the point where it is useless.

In other words, the very terminology we use tends to suggest misleading that there had to be an agent - a doer.

And as noted, all it really takes is bending a fiber sufficiently to knock it out.

Roderick S. Beck
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