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07-Feb-08 - Update on Submarine Cable Cut Repairs - Daily Bulletin

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Cut # 1: FLAG EUROPE ASIA Cable cut between Alexandria (Egypt) and Palermo (Italy)

 

- The ship loaded with spares has reached the fault location and has initiated the repair work; it is currently planned that the repairs will be completed by Sunday, February 10th 2008.

 

-  The survey for the cable is currently underway; this involves tracking along the cable path and checking for cuts using the ROV (Remotely Operated Submarine Vehicles).

 

-  FLAG observed some interruption on capacity to London but the customers circuits were transferred to alternate paths.

 

-  FLAG completed 100% restoration of its services to the enterprise customers within short time of the cable cut.

 

-  FLAG has completed restoration on alternative routes for customers who have requested Ad hoc restoration service.

 

-  FLAG has restored circuits of customers covered under Pre-planned restoration service even though there were delays due to NMS failure of the alternate cable system.

 

-  The Mediterranean network will be fully resilient with the addition of FLAG Mediterranean Cable current under implementation.

 

-  The cable cut was reported at 0800 GMT on January 30th 2008 around 8.3 Km away from Alexandria cable landing station between Egypt – Italy segment.

  

 

 

Cut # 2: FALCON Cable cut between Dubai (UAE) and Al SEEB (Oman)

 

-  The ship loaded with spares, marine experts, and optical engineers have reached the site yesterday. The crew has recovered the one end of the cable and cable joining work is in progress.

 

-  The repair team has observed steady progress and the repair work are expected to be completed by Sunday, February 10th 2008.

 

-  The FALCON Cable cut between Dubai (UAE) and Al SEEB (Oman) is due to a ship anchor, an abandoned anchor (weighing 5-6 tonnes) was found.

 

-  The weather conditions are rough and the crew is continuing with the repair process.

 

-  FLAG has restored circuits of customers covered under Pre-planned restoration service

 

-  FLAG has completed restoration on alternative routes for customers who have requested Ad hoc restoration service.

 

-  The alternate path was established with the help of ITC in Saudi Arabia by connecting Al Khobar and Jeddah on a terrestrial route.

 

-  The cable cut was reported at 0559 GMT on February1st 2008 around 56 Km from Dubai, UAE on segment between UAE and Oman. 



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