Published on Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:47
Myanmar internet surfers face slower connection in the evening of July 22 because the underwater cable connection with international line has been cut off, according to Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT).
The SEA-ME-WE3 underwater fiber cable is connected with South East Asia, Middle East and Western Europe regions with Myanmar near Pyapone. Myanmar has total bandwidth of 11.5 GB previously and now the bandwidth is down to about 5.5 GB.
“The connection is cut off in around 5 PM on July 22 and had connection in 9 PM. The bandwidth is reduced to 5.5 GB. We assumed that the fault is in our sea territory. We are searching the place the cable has been cut off. The chief engineer said that if the cable is cut off under the water, it take about at least 20 days to repair,” said Kyaw Soe, headmaster of the Telecommunication and Posts Training School.
The SEA-ME-WE3 underwater fiber cable is the most important connection with international line in addition to satellite system and an inland cable connection.
The underwater cable had been cut off in October 17, 2011 and made the business in connection with internet lost their business for months. In March 17, 2012, the underwater cable and some of the Myawady international fiber cables have been cut off and the bandwidth has been reduced by 3.1 GB.
The underwater cable is shared by 34 countries from Asia and Europe regions including Myanmar and 64 organizations. Myanmar invested about US$30 million for the underwater cable which has the value of US$1434 million.
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