Internet traffic in India slowed down by Middle East Outage

Internet traffic from India to countries like the U.S. and the U.K. has slowed down, as Internet service providers (ISPs) have started diverting traffic from Middle Eastern links to slower links through the Asia-Pacific region, according to the head of an ISP association in India. Two underwater cables in the Mediterranean Sea, including one from […]

Internet traffic from India to countries like the U.S. and the U.K. has slowed down, as Internet service providers (ISPs) have started diverting traffic from Middle Eastern links to slower links through the Asia-Pacific region, according to the head of an ISP association in India.

Two underwater cables in the Mediterranean Sea, including one from Flag Telecom, owned by India's Reliance Communications, and another from the South East Asia-Middle East-West Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) consortium, were damaged Wednesday for reasons as yet unclear.

"These links carry most of India's premium traffic to the Atlantic region, resulting in a disruption of about 50 to 60 percent of the bandwidth from India on Wednesday when the cables were first damaged," said Rajesh Chharia, president of the Internet Service Providers' Association of India (ISPAI), in an interview Thursday.

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