Published by editor on 10 Jul 2010
No email or PM yet from your family member or business partner in India or the Middle East? Don’t worry, they’re not evading you or anything like that. They’re having a small problem: they have been disconnected from the World Wide Web; and it’s not because of some strict government crackdown or terrorist activity, but rather because of two damaged undersea cables in the Mediterranean.
There was disruption to 70% of the nationwide network in Egypt, and India suffered up to 60% disruption.
UK firms such as British Airways have told the BBC that call centres have been affected by the outage.
Industry experts said it could take up to one week to repair the damaged cables and resume full service.
International telephone calls, which have also been affected, are being rerouted to work around the problem.
Reports are saying that the internet connection will be up within a week or so.