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Subsea Telecom Cable Damage in Red Sea Poses Repair Challenge Amid Conflict


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Subsea Telecom Cable Damage in Red Sea Poses Repair Challenge Amid Conflict

Efforts are underway to rectify the damage and restore seamless connectivity.

In a recent development, a vital subsea cable linking Europe to India, situated off the coast of Yemen, has incurred damage, thrusting the owning telecommunications carrier into the complex task of conducting underwater repairs within a conflict zone.

The affected telecommunications carrier, Seacom, swiftly redirected internet traffic onto alternative cable routes to mitigate disruptions. However, the subsequent challenge lies in orchestrating the logistics of repairing the cable amidst the volatile circumstances, as noted by Padayachee, a representative of the company.

Concerns regarding potential sabotage have surfaced, particularly with Houthi militants issuing threats against critical undersea cables via social media platforms. Despite these apprehensions, there exists no substantiated evidence indicating successful sabotage attempts. Notably, data sourced from the International Cable Protection Committee underscores that the primary cause of cable damage stems from fishing activities, such as trawler nets or errant anchors interfering with the seabed infrastructure.

Padayachee stated that the need for caution in attributing the damage to sabotage, asserting, "It is too early to tell if it’s sabotage. Only once we lift the cable will we be able to see if someone has cut it."

The incident underscores the vulnerability of global telecommunications infrastructure to disruptions, particularly in regions fraught with geopolitical tensions. As efforts are underway to rectify the damage and restore seamless connectivity, stakeholders remain vigilant amid the intricate interplay of technological maintenance and geopolitical challenges.


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