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Repairs begin on undersea cable
BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 01:00 GMT, Monday, 22 December 2008 | na

Posted on 12/21/2008 6:41:36 PM PST by Cindy

A French crew has begun to repair two undersea cables in the Mediterranean that were severed on Friday, disrupting internet and phone communications.

A robot submarine will locate the ends of the cables on the sea bed and bring them to the surface to be re-connected.

They were cut somewhere between Sicily and Tunisia, probably by an anchor.

Egypt says it has been able to restore most of its communications by re-routing services, but other parts of the Middle East remain badly affected. Experts have warned that it may be days before the fault is fixed and that the knock-on effect could have serious repercussions on regional economies.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anchor; communications; egypt; internet; mediterranean; middleeast; phonecommunications; sicily; tunisia; underseacable; underseacables

1 posted on 12/21/2008 6:41:36 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Jet Jaguar; Oorang

ping


2 posted on 12/21/2008 6:43:15 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Gilligan: Lady, listen! We’re stranded on a deserted island, and we found this telephone cable, and we tapped into it, and there’s no booth or coin slot or even a phone!!


3 posted on 12/21/2008 6:46:28 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom Mr. Obama, are you aware that Sarah Palin took on her own party’s establishment in Alaska a)
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To: Cindy; ShadowAce

Sort of tech ping...


4 posted on 12/21/2008 6:50:20 PM PST by tubebender (Retirement...The art and science of Killing time before it Kills you...)
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To: al baby

Damn, haven't been on Facebook in days...

5 posted on 12/21/2008 6:57:30 PM PST by billorites
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To: Cindy
but other parts of the Middle East remain badly affected.

If I were Achmadinajad (sp?) I wouldn't be sleeping too well.

6 posted on 12/21/2008 7:08:50 PM PST by Go Gordon
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To: billorites

Now that’s funny!


7 posted on 12/21/2008 7:49:49 PM PST by phoneman08 (Reagan conservative union member. Not as rare as you think!)
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To: Cindy
Thanks for the ping and info Cindy.

Lots of details here:
Update: 3 undersea cable cuts hit India net traffic

8 posted on 12/21/2008 7:59:52 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: Oorang

Thank you very much Oorang for pointing to this link.


9 posted on 12/21/2008 8:13:30 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

10 posted on 12/22/2008 5:08:21 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Cindy
A French crew has begun to repair two undersea cables in the Mediterranean ...

Ahhh, le Frenche ... but what if one of le diver's 3 month's socialist vacation is scheduled to begin while he is still in the middle of this ocean dive?? In that case I guess repair of the cable would just have to wait for a few months.

What is le beeg hurry, anyway??

11 posted on 12/22/2008 5:58:46 AM PST by webschooner
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To: Cindy
A robot submarine will locate the ends of the cables on the sea bed and bring them to the surface to be re-connected.

Geez, they must lay it with a lot of slack.

12 posted on 12/22/2008 3:12:12 PM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Still Thinking

That was one of my first thoughts too, after reading the article.


13 posted on 12/22/2008 4:28:28 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

I wonder if they lay it in a zigzag or wavy pattern so there is excess at all points in case of a break like this one.


14 posted on 12/22/2008 4:48:01 PM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Still Thinking

I don’t know Still Thinking.


15 posted on 12/22/2008 5:18:14 PM PST by Cindy
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