VSNL, Reliance and Bharti Airtel Ltd are in constant touch with Telecom Egypt to ensure the speedy repair of the SEMEWE-4 Cable (SMW-4) and FLAG Cable connecting India to Western Europe. (See: Damage to undersea cable disrupts internet traffic in India, Egypt)
Internet services in the country were disrupted by up to 60 per cent on Wednesday because of 50 per cent cut in bandwidth due to damage to the undersea cable network.
Normally repairs of such submarine optical fibre cable takes 15 days for full restoration of services. However, it is expected that the links will be completely restored by the ILD operators within 10 days by expediting the repair of cables.
It may be recalled that the disorder occurred near Alexandria off the coast of Egypt yesterday, affecting international long distance traffic and internet traffic to Europe and the US .
Besides India, traffic of other countries is also affected. The circuits working on these cables are being shifted by the international long distance operators - VSNL, Reliance and Bharti Airtel Ltd - to other cables such as SMW-3 cable and pacific route cables etc. to restore the telecommunication links.
Out of total links working on these cables, approximately 30 percent links are restored and efforts are being made on war-footing for providing alternate path to remaining links.