Are the reports below factual?
1. Submarine (Undersea) Cable
9 things you didn’t know about Google’s undersea cable
Tokyo Correspondent, IDG News Service
About 99% of all transoceanic Internet data is sent via undersea cables. That’s a huge increase from around 1995 […]
Submarine cables have to withstand the pressure of 8 km of water on top of them, roughly the equivalent of putting an elephant on your thumb. Yet the typical lightweight polyethylene cable for deep oceans from NEC, whose company OCC is supplying cable for FASTER, is only 17 millimeters (.7 inch) thick. […]
Submarine cables can carry up to 80 Tbps, a capacity that’s equivalent to transmitting 2,100 DVDs (4.7 GB each) in one second, according to NEC. […]
The first working submarine cable was laid down across the English Channel in 1851, decades before Alexander Graham Bell received a U.S. patent for the first practical telephone in 1876.
2. Anchor caused cut in Gulf Internet cable
By KATARINA KRATOVAC
An abandoned anchor was responsible for cutting one of the undersea Internet cables severed last week, causing disruptions across the Middle East and parts of Asia, the cable’s owner said Friday.
A FLAG Telecom repair crew discovered the anchor near where the fiber-optic cable was severed Feb. 1 in the Persian Gulf, 35 miles north of Dubai, between the Emirates and Oman.[…]
It remains unclear exactly how any of the cuts occurred.
It also was unclear whether FLAG knew what vessel the anchor belonged to. Rough weather was reported nearby at the time of the cut, but conditions have improved since.
Meanwhile, a second FLAG repair ship continued work on two undersea cables that were cut Jan. 30. They are about 5 miles off the north coast of Egypt, near the port city of Alexandria, and run between Egypt and Palermo, on the Italian island of Sicily.
The cuts slowed businesses, hampered personal Internet usage and caused a flurry of Internet blogger speculation, including mentions of sabotage. Government authorities and FLAG, which stands for Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe, have refused to comment on the speculation.
“It is difficult to comment right now on this,” said a FLAG spokesman, reached over the telephone. “We are doing our own investigation.”
He spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with company policy.
Ovum analyst Matt Walker said undersea cable networks are highly vulnerable to deliberate attack and need enhanced security.
“If ports, railways, gas pipelines and other types of networks are being secured against possible sabotage, we must similarly increase the security of undersea optical highways,” Walker said.
3. Australia-to-Asia traffic slows as typhoons cut submarine cables
By The Register Sep 5, 2017, 7:41 pm
Typhoons have broken four submarine cables in the crowded Asian sea-lanes, with a knock-on impact for Australian ISPs iiNet and Internode.
The four damaged cables are ASE (Asia Submarine-Cable Express), TGA-Intra Asia (TGA-IA), Asia-American Gateway (AAG) and SEA-ME-WE3 (SMW3).
SMW3 connects Perth to Singapore; ASE and TGA-IA are intra-Asia cables, while ASE connects various Asian landings to California.
According to Malaysia’s The Star, the cables were damaged by two typhoons in late August: Hato, which left three dead in Macau after hitting Hong Kon; and Pakhar, which swept through the same region a few days later.
The Reporters May Refuse To Speculate, But I Don’t.
If these reports are factual then may there be “skulduggery afoot”?
Or is this poor engineering and maintenance contracts?
Very expensive repairs and poor planning for sure.
Regardless of the true cause, these reports (and countless others) highlight the vulnerability of the internet and supports the claims about fake satellites.
What about all those satellites NASA and other space agencies claim are carrying the load for data transmissions?
I am curious about what’s really going on, aren’t you?