Three undersea cables fixed by weekend

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Repairs on two of the three broken undersea cables that provide data services to parts of the Middle East and Asia should be completed on Sunday, while the third to be fixed on Saturday, said the cable operators.

Undersea cables have been disrupted when two international cables were cut, and service providers were forced to re-route traffic. The third cable, FALCON was reported to be broken between Dubai and Oman.

FLAG Telecom, a wholly-owned unit of India’s no.2 mobile operator Reliance Communications, said that the Thursday repair work on a section on their Europe-Asia cable between Italy and Egypt will be finished by February 10.

Separately, the operators of the SEA-ME-WE-4 cable will be expected to be fixed within two days. The co-owner, India’s Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd., said that it had restored the majority of its internet connectivity in the Middle East and South Asia within 24 hours of the breakdown using the other SEA-ME-WE cables.

It is unknown what caused the five cables to be cut.

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