31 January 2008 | Team Tamar

Millions of internet users left in the dark

Millions of Middle East and Asian internet users were left without access to the web after a technical problem resulted in their internet lines being cut. The problem occurred after an undersea cable was found to be faulty, leaving India, Egypt and Saudi Arabia without most of their internet connections.

It was first noticed when Egypt’s communications ministry said that the internet outage was caused by a cut in a major internet pipeline that links it to Europe. The line runs from Palermo, Italy to Alexandria, Egypt and forms part of the world’s longest undersea cable. It stretches for more than 24, 500 miles and runs from Germany, all the way through the Middle East and finally it terminates in Australia and Japan.

It has been suggested in reports that more than 70 % of Egypt’s online traffic was cut off and around 50% of the Indian web users were left without connections.

It will take a couple of days to repair the cut and restore these countries internet connections, but it could have a knock on effect on the rest of the world and its repercussions could even affect banks and the stock market.

Team Tamar