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Gen Info: Earthquake in Taiwan affecting communication services to many parts of AsiaViews: 285
Dec 28, 2006 6:12 amGen Info: Earthquake in Taiwan affecting communication services to many parts of Asia#

Latha TCS
I just wanted to share the below information. Some of our clients started to recollect that the same happened when Taiwan was hit by earth quake in 1999.

In the past 2-3 days if you are in Asia or middle east, experiencing difficulties with internet or Telephones, & if your service provider couldn't give you a proper answer, read on.

EARTHQUAKE DISRUPTS COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY

Reports from several news coverage teams such as CNN indicate that telephone lines and internet service were severely damaged today after two powerful earthquakes damaged undersea cables used by several countries to route calls and online traffic.

The vice general manager of Chunghwa Telecom Co., the largest phone company in Taiwan, stated that repairing the two cables off Taiwan's coast that were damaged could take weeks. The company reported a 50 percent loss of overall telephone capacity, with connections to China, Japan and Southeast Asia most affected. Also hard hit was reported on telephone service to the U.S., where 60 percent of capacity was lost.

Hong Kong telephone company PCCW Ltd., which also provides Internet service, said the quake cut its data capacity in half. Many Internet users were unable to access Web sites in parts of America, Taiwan and South Korea. Calls to Taiwan weren't connecting.

KDDI Corp., Japan's major carrier for international calls, said its fixed-line telephone service was affected by the quake. Company spokesman Haruhiko Maeda said customers were having trouble calling India and the Middle East, which usually use the cables near Taiwan. Maeda said the company was rerouting calls to go through the U.S. and Europe and the company did not know how long it will take to repair the cables.

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