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08 December 2023

Third undersea Internet cable damaged in MidEast: Indian firm

By Agencies

A third undersea Internet cable has been damaged in the Middle East, adding to the disruption in online services after two other lines were cut earlier this week, a cable operating firm said.


The Falcon cable was cut 56 kilometres (35 miles) from Dubai, between Oman and the United Arab Emirates, according to its owner, FLAG Telecom, which is part of India's Reliance Communications.


The repair ship had been notified and was expected to arrive at the site in the next few days, the company said on its website.


Flag Telecom owns another cable that was damaged off Egypt on Wednesday. A repair ship was expected to arrive by Tuesday to restore that cable and repairs were expected to take a week, the company said.


The outages have disrupted business across the Middle East and South Asia, including in India, where businesses said it may take up to 15 days to return to normal. (AFP)