Asia quakes damage cables; Internet, banks affected

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The strong quake off Taiwan’s coast on December 26 damaged submarine cables and severely disrupted telecom links in the East, Southeast and South Asia.

“Due to the earthquake that hit Taiwan last night, several undersea data cables were damaged,” said a spokesman for PCCW, Hong Kong’s biggest fixed-line operator.

“Data traffic to Taiwan, Korea, Japan and the United States is affected,” he said, adding that the company was diverting the data and monitoring the restoration of the cables.

The spokesman said data capacity has been reduced to 50 percent, and that there had been an upsurge in attempts to accessing the web in the region as people were trying to get information about the quake.

He cautioned that some Internet users in the region could experience congestion over the next several days.

Singapore’s internet providers, StarHub and SingTel, were among those affected, as the incident has resulted in slow internet access. Link

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