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January 31, 2008

Internet down in Asia, Middle East, and Africa

CNN.com reported today the loss of internet connectivity in several Middle Eastern countries including: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and India.
This crippling blow to commerce and other sectors of these societies is said to be caused by the damage of an underwater cable running from Egypt to Italy.The BBC says 70% of Egypt's nationwide network was disrupted and 60% of India's respectively. According to Stephen Beckert, an analyst with TeleGeography, the cables in question make the majority of communications between Europe and the Middle East possible.
Israel is among some nations that avoided the catastrophe because traffic their internet traffic is routed elsewhere. The failure was felt internationally as rerouting traffic slowed internet connections even in the US.
As officials hurry to alleviate the problem, it is painfully obvious how essential the Internet has become for global communications.