Eeeks

Well – I’m in Kahira and the temperatures are around 7 deg cel  – its the coldest winter here ever.  It has snowed heavily in Iran and in Saudi the temperatures are around 2 deg cel.  Bombay and Pune have faced their coldest winters in history – around 6 to 10 deg cel.  Global warming affecting us directly.

The internet is down in the region with an undersea optical cable getting severly damaged.  It would take 2 weeks before the net is up again normally.  The backup is a satellite link – and i’m blogging using this from the cairo airport.

i’m off to dubai for the weekend.  hopefully i shudnt have this problem there.

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    Egypt cable breakdown disrupts Net services

    Reuters
    Posted online: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 2331 hrs IST
    MUMBAI:
    A breakdown in an international undersea cable network badly disrupted Internet links to India and Egypt on Wednesday. India suffered serious disruptions to its services and one Internet service provider linked the problem to the Egyptian outage. “There has been a cable cut on several cable systems in Alexandria, Egypt which has impacted internet connectivity in India,” Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL) said in a statement. VSNL said its service had been “largely restored” by diverting to another cable. India lost more than half of its capacity.
    “There has been a 50 to 60 percent cut in bandwidth,” Rajesh Chharia, president of the Internet Service Providers’ Association of India, said. He told a TV news channel that a “degraded” service would be activated by Wednesday night, but full restoration will take 10 to 15 days. Chharia said companies, including some of India’s many outsourcing businesses, had been affected. Egypt’s Telecommunications Ministry said a communications cable in the Mediterranean was cut, disrupting 70 per cent of the country’s Internet network. The ministry said it was not known how the cable was cut but that services would probably take several days to return to normal.

    Dear Rajiv the above piece in Indian Express paper explains ur problem. Whether u will have problem in Dubai i do not know but according to this piece defnately some parts of India will be affected. Globalization has made world so small and far off places are more connected to each other than parts of their own country.
    I did not know that anchoring of ships has anything to do with internet connection and m0re so a mistake made by some ships while anchoring in Egypt would affect Mumbai and parts of India. I always believed while in college that if it rains near my college it need not rain at my residence which is 13 kms away from my college.
    India wants a pipe line from Iran to India through Pakistan for transportation of fuel but imaging a former digging a well in some remote part of Iran or Pakistan and this breaks the pipeline and India would not get fuel. The thought itself gives me fright.

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