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Feb022008

Middle East: Third undersea cable cut left Iran with no Internet access

A third undersea cable was cut on Friday, just two days after two breaks near Egypt disrupted Web access in parts of the Middle East and Asia, Indian-owned cable network operator FLAG Telecom said. FLAG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of India’s number two mobile operator Reliance Communications, said on its Web site on Friday its FALCON cable had been reported cut at 0559 GMT, 56 kms (35 miles) from Dubai, between the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Egyptian telecom authorities said about 55 percent of the country’s Internet capacity had been restored by Friday, thanks to rerouting of traffic.

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Asia, Middle East, Internet, ISP, Cable, Undersea cable, FLAG, Reliance, Communication

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