Undersea data cables linking East Africa, Middle East, and Europe CUT

Epic net outage in Africa as FOUR undersea cables chopped

February 28, 2012

Underwater data cables linking East Africa to the Middle East and Europe have been severed, bringing transfer rates to their knees in nine countries.

It is alleged that in a bizarre coincidence, a ship dropped an anchor off the coast of Kenya on Saturday in a restricted area, cutting The East African Marine Systems (TEAMS) cable - shortly after three other cables were chopped in the Red Sea (emphasis added by me - A.V.) between Djibouti and the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported.

"It's a very unusual situation," Chris Wood, chief executive of West Indian Ocean Cable, the largest shareholder of the EASSY, and a major owner of data-capacity rights on the two other Red Sea cables. "I believe these were accidental incidents, although more will be known when we bring the cables up from the sea bed."

Naturally, the number of cables ruined in a short timeframe has sparked suspicions.A source from African carrier Airtel told Ugandan independent newspaper the Daily Monitor that the cables had been sliced on purpose.


* NOTE: My suggestion is that this is an early sign of Africa roll (7 of 10 events sequence)

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Comment by Howard on January 5, 2013 at 6:24pm

Black Sea Fiber Optic Cable Severed, Underwater Volcano Suspected (Jan 5)

The eruption of an underwater volcano damaged undersea Poti-Novorossiysk-Sochi fiber-optic cable. Presumably the 160-kilometer-long cable is broken in four places.

As reported on Friday the owner firm's management, on the damaged part of the cable, which was lifted on the side of the Poti station, clearly visible traces of fire, molten polyethylene sheath, the protective shield is damaged.

"I think that this should be the eruption of an underwater volcano," said Kote Samushia, CEO of cable-owner company. According to him, the damage on the main optical fiber cable Poti-Novorossiysk-Sochi was recorded on December 23. An hour after the discovery of the damage a ship from the Italian port of Catania was called.



Comment by Derrick Johnson on March 6, 2012 at 8:04am

@ Dave

In the ZetaTalk below it says this is a result of plate movement not the actions of people.

Comment by Andrew Veresay on March 4, 2012 at 4:16pm

oh, i haven't seen yet that there is a new ZT already on this!

Comment by Planet Twelve on March 4, 2012 at 1:28pm

Thanks Andrew! That would be more Zetas Right Again!

Just wondering - was this cable in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa actually cut by a dropped anchor as stated? Or is it the effect of continued plate movements that have disrupted the internet service? [and from another] http://news.yahoo.com/ships-anchor-cuts-internet-access-six-east-african-150000191.html A ship dropped anchor off Mombasa, Kenya, and cut the Internet to six African countries earlier this week. It will take three weeks to repair the damage. In the meantime, the Internet in Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Juba, the capital of South Sudan, is functioning at a reduced speed. The Indian Ocean East Africa Marine Systems (TEAMS) cable, which connects East Africa to the United Arab Emirates, was severed when a ship dropped anchor in a restricted area - restricted because of the presence of the sea cabling. [and from another] http://www.itnewsafrica.com/2012/02/east-africas-cut-internet-cable-causes-disruption/ The cables operated by Teams, a company partly owned by the Kenyan government, were cut near the Kenyan port of Mombasa by a ship's anchor. Eleven days earlier, another ship dragging its anchor cut the cables of Eassy, a consortium of telecommunications companies. Eassy suffered a cut on 17 February in the Red Sea.

SOZT: Ships anchors have been blamed for torn submerged cables for the past several years, even when it is clear that the breaks occur in multiple places, simultaneously, and the cables are crossing plate borders. In both January and December of 2008 tears occurred, simultaneously, at Alexandrea, Dubai, and in Asia. All this was due to the rolling of the Arabian Plate, but ships anchors were blamed. During the 2012 tear, the dropping of the African Plate is clearly the cause, putting tension on the cable. The cables attach to the Arabian Plate, thus the dropping African Plate has stretched them. Two tears occurred, 11 days apart, to separate cables. Is this a coincidence? Hardly. EOZT

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