Internet services and voice traffic have been disrupted in large parts of the Middle East and India following damage to two undersea cables in the Mediterranean.
One cable was damaged near Alexandria, Egypt, and the other in the waters off Marseille, France, telecommunications operators said. The two cables, which are separately managed and operated, were damaged within hours of each other. Damage to undersea cables, while rare, can result from movement of geologic faults or possibly from the dragging anchor of a ship.
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.
Most Impacted Countries are shown in the red in the map below:
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