Cable damage slows BigPond
TELSTRA internet users could face further international traffic delays while a cable linking Australia and Western Europe is repaired.
Telstra spokeswoman Kerrina Lawrence said it was suspected the SEA-ME-WE3 cable had been damaged by sandmining at a point about 50km south of Singapore.
The SEA-ME-WE3 Consortium had dispatched a ship but was waiting for permission to enter Indonesian territorial waters before repairs could commence. This was expected tomorrow at the earliest.
Ms Lawrence said ADSL and cable customers had reported slow access at the weekend, but the impact had been "minimal" because traffic was re-routed to two other cables.
The cable has been cut several times before, causing widespread internet problems each time. Last year China Telecom sued a Chinese shipping company for the cost of the repairs.
Ms Lawrence said this incident was not as bad.
"There are thousands of kilometres of cable snaking under the sea along the seabed," she said.
"The last one was a straight cut, this is suspected damage that might have affected voltage. It doesn't seem to be as severe."
The repair costs, which would be borne by the consortium, could run to hundreds of thousands of dollars a day.
The cable, which connects Australia, South East Asia, the Middle East and Europe, has 40 landing points in 34 countries.
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