India continues work to resume internet

Internet access in India improved last week as international service providers shifted their internet traffic to cables under the Pacific Ocean to bypass two undersea cables damaged earlier this week, an Associated Press report said.

Repairs, however, will take longer, the Associated Press report added.

The two cables deep under the Mediterranean Sea snapped last week, disrupting service since then across a swath of Asia and the Middle East.

India took one of the biggest hits, and the damage from its slowdowns and outages rippled to some US and European companies that rely on its lucrative outsourcing industry to handle customer service calls and other operations.

The Associated Press report quoted bandwidth providers in India as saying that they were working to restore service to about 80% of its usual speed Friday.

Many companies said their internet access already had gotten better, the reportsaid.

Rajesh Chharia, president of India's Internet Service Provider's Association, was quoted by the report as saying that access improved as service providers rerouted traffic across the Pacific.

In Egypt, internet access remained sporadic or nonexistent Friday, the first day of the official Muslim weekend in the Middle East when all government offices and most businesses are closed.

Workers will not know for sure what caused the cuts off the northern coast of Egypt until they are able to get repair ships and divers to the area, though there was speculation a ship's anchor was to blame, the report said.

The UK-based FLAG Telecom, owner of one of the damaged cables, said in an email to The Associated Press that the ship was to arrive Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea. It said the repair work will likely be completed in a week of the ship's arrival, the report further said.