Internet services in the country were disrupted for the second day today due to damage to two international undersea cables off Egypt’s coast, while restoration may take 10-15 days. The Department of Telecom (DoT) reviewed the situation with senior officials and service providers, and said the link would be restored by the ILD operators within 10 days by expediting the repair, an official statement said here. The meeting was chaired by telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura.
About 50 per cent of the capacity has been affected due to the cut in the cables, connecting India to Western Europe, from anchoring of ships near Alexandria on Wednesday.
International long distance and Internet traffic to Europe and the USA got affected due to this fault, but Internet Service Providers Association of India president Rajesh Chharia said the impact on firms doing business process outsourcing (BPO) for clients in the West was not much. Also, the Bombay Stock Exchange was expected to be spared from the outage as the bourse is connected through the Virtual Protocol Network.
Service providers VSNL, Reliance and Bharti Airtel are in constant touch with Telecom Egypt to ensure speedy repair of the two submarine cables SEMEWE-4 Cable (SMW-4) and FLAG Cable, it said. The circuits working on these cables are being shifted by the three firms to other cables such as SMW-3 cable and pacific route cables to restore the telecommunication links.