Cable cuts partially block internet, mobile services in some areas

An undersea telecommunications cable cut on Tuesday partially blocked internet and mobile services in Alexandria and some other governorates.

The cable cut happened around the same time that a different cable, owned by Telecom Egypt, was cut that also affected services, Egyptian authorities said.

Mahmoud al-Goweiny, a member of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s board of directors, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that this particular undersea cable has frequently malfunctioned since late 2007.

Ahmed Osama, deputy executive director of Telecom Egypt, said the cable passes through Egypt from Europe and reaches Asia.

Osama said the cut's effect in Egypt was limited, and there haven't been clear reports about a cause.

"Some internet users suffered problems with internet and mobile services, Osama noted.

Osama attributed these problems to the Telecom Egypt cable cut, which affected Etisalat Egypt and LINKdotNET, two of Egypt's largest internet services providers.

No further details were reported about the effects of the cuts.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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