UAE telecom operator Etisalat has warned of slower Internet browsing speed to its customers due to a technical glitch. News reports said that the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) fiber cable was cut which can cause the Internet speed to slow down by 60 per cent in several countries – including Middle East.
The cut was said to be near Alexandria in Egypt.
The cut has come at an unfortunate time as there are few major cables running under “maintenance mode” and that has resulted in problems for service providers across the region. GigaOm reported that the cables that are currently running in maintenance mode are India Gateway (EIG) and India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE). The result is downstream congestion on networks that are going to India and around the Indian Ocean.
The UAE telecom provider last year announced that had it spent almost Dh19 billion for its fiber optics project alone in an attempt to connect UAE homes with the technologically advanced fiber optics network.
In April 2010 SeaMeWe-4 cable was cut and users in the region experienced severe outage.
SEACOM, an African consortium which owns the big African Internet cable, later confirmed the outage on its website and said that it was working towards restoration. SEACOM had already been experiencing problems since March 24 and was in the middle of fixing those before it was hit by the cable cut.