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Backhoe fade at sea.
A week ago one of the world's longest undersea fiber cables was
and Australian ISP Telestra bore the brunt of the outage. The
cable, called SEA-ME-WE 3
(South East Asian - Middle East - Western Europe 3),
was severed between Singapore and Jakarta. (Note: the above-linked
map is baffling until your visual
perception flips and you read purple as landmass and white as ocean.)
SEA-ME-WE 3 provided Australia with 20 Gbps to Asia and western Europe.
Only the week before, the new
Southern Cross Cable Network
(note: requires Shockwave) had come online,
linking Australia's east coast with the US
at 100 Gbps. Telestra is not yet connected to the new cable.
that repairs would be more elaborate than expected, because whatever
cut the cable caused its severed ends to whiplash in different directions
and took out a repeater.
in The Age speculated that a ship's anchor may have cut the cable. TBTF knows
better, and now at last the truth can be told. We have obtained this
of the cable-cutting culprit.
Updated 2000-11-29, 9:06 am:
TBTF Irregular Eric Scheid, an Aussie who is still suffering the aftermath of the
cable cut, notes this updated
"The damage was more extensive than we imagined." ...
Sand dredgers had been working in the area about 70km off
the coast of Singapore last Monday.
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