TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: China's Internet Out of Order Until January 15

China's Internet Out of Order Until January 15

Associated Press News Wire (
Sun, 31 Dec 2006 15:23:21 -0600

China's Internet expected to be back to normal by Jan. 15

BEIJING (AP) Internet services in China will not be back to normal
until mid-January after being disrupted by a powerful earthquake off
Taiwan, a news report Sunday quoted the country's biggest telephone
company as saying.

Internet and telephone services in China and many parts of Asia were
cut by Tuesday's quake, leaving telecommunications companies
scrambling to repair damaged undersea cables and switch voice and data
communications to satellites and undamaged cables.

The official Xinhua News Agency quoted an unidentified China Telecom
Corp. official as saying Internet service would be back to normal on
Jan. 15.

"Five vessels have been dispatched to repair the damaged lines, " the
official was quoted as saying. "But heavy seas have made the repair
work very difficult."

China Telecom said that by rerouting traffic through satellite
transmissions and landline cables connecting China and Europe, about
70% of overseas Internet connections had been reconnected.

But the official was quoted as saying the link to North America would
not be significantly improved until the undersea cables were repaired.

The magnitude 6.7 quake hit just off the Taiwanese town of Hengchun on
Dec. 26 -- the second anniversary of the devastating, earthquake-
triggered tsunami that took more than 230,000 lives in a dozen

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.
Copyright 2006 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.

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[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Does this mean spam from China will be
taking a two week holiday (albiet a forced one)? PAT]

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