Internet connectivity between Europe, the Middle East and Asia is reportedly seriously affected by a series of cable cut.

Jonathan Wright – director of wholesale products at Interoute which manages part of the optical fibre network – told the BBC that the effects of the break would be felt for many days.

“This will grind economies to a halt for a short space of time,” he said “If you look at, say, local financial markets who trade with European and US markets, the speed at which they get live data will be compromised.”


The cause of the breaks is not known, but seismic activity is expected. The cables could remain out of use for a week or more.


  1. #1 Gerry L
    December 19, 2008

    I saw the story this morning at BBC News and thought it was a pretty big deal. NBC PM news just wrapped up. Not even a mention. So much for international news coverage.

    There was, however, a piece — with dramatic images — of two busses that almost slid off a highway overpass and are teetering on the edge. No one was hurt, but gee it sure is more exciting than regional communications on the other side of the world.

  2. #2 dizzlski
    December 23, 2008

    This is late, but my sister cannot use the internet now. She is in the Air Force, and Iraq. Support the Troops is what this administration does. Yea!