Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Repair of Pakistan Internet cable by July second week

John Ribeiro writes in InfoWorld:

Work on the repair of the Sea-Me-We 3 (South East Asia Middle East Western Europe 3) cable off the southern coast of Pakistan is under way and is expected to be completed by the second week of this month, according to an executive of Emirates Telecommunications and Marine Services FZE (e-marine), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) company assigned to do the repair.

The fault in the cable, the only cable link to Pakistan, has affected the country's Internet connectivity and international telephony service since June 27. The fault was detected south of Karachi.

The major challenges facing e-marine's cable ship (CS) Etisalat and her crew are the weather, considering the monsoon in the region, said Omar Jassim Bin Kalban, chief executive officer of e-marine in an e-mail interview Wednesday. "This cable rests in shallow waters, and that is a challenge to the navigation of our cable ship," said Kalban. "The shallow water has been the reason for the damage to the cable, which was cut by a vessel dragging anchor."

The cut and damaged section is being replaced now, with CS Etisalat attaching three kilometers of cable to the main cable at two points, Kalban said. The damage to the cable has not affected other countries in the region, he added.


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