Okay, class: Paste conspiracy theories here.

A couple days ago, two underseas internet cables were cut off the coast of Egypt, crashing that country’s internet service and slowing internet traffic as far off as India.

There was a storm off of Egypt, and experts were wondering if a storm, or a ship’s anchor, could have cut the cables by accident.

But today, a third undersea internet cable has been cut in the Middle East:

A third undersea cable has been cut after breaks near Egypt earlier this week disrupted internet access in parts of the Middle East and Asia, Indian-owned cable network operator FLAG Telecom said.

FLAG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of India’s number two mobile operator Reliance Communications, said in a statement on its website its FALCON cable had been reported cut 56 kilometres from Dubai on a segment between the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Since Friday is the Muslim sabbath, the impact on businesses has been worse in India than in the Middle East. Business in India is scrambling to detour internet traffic across the Pacific cable, and that country’s slow internet will presumably improve in the next few days.

So far, no major slowdown here in the Philippines.

Presumably this is bad luck, three accidents in three days.

Yet is it? It will be interesting to find out from repair crews the cause of the cable damage.

In the meanwhile,as they say in textlanguage: IMWTK“>IMWTK  ( inquiring minds want to know)….


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. 

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