Tue. Feb 18th, 2020

Yemen’s submarine cable failure causes 28 million users in the country to have been disconnected for weeks

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With the rapid development of the Internet, people are becoming more and more dependent on the Internet. Of course, not just ordinary users, many companies also rely on the Internet to operate.

Hours of Internet disconnection can cause anxiety for many users, and Yemen, located on the Arabian Peninsula next to the Red Sea, is now experiencing prolonged network outages.

According to Wired reports, the interruption of the Falcon submarine fiber optic cable that provided 80% of the Internet exit for Yemen directly caused Yemen’s 28 million users to fail to connect to the Internet.

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Although there are still 20% of Internet traffic, they cannot afford the huge traffic at all, so the vast majority of Yemeni users are now unable to access the Internet.

The reason for the disruption of the Falcon submarine cable is not clear at this time, but according to network companies familiar with the area, it is likely that it was accidentally cut by anchors.

The cable is located between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The area here is very shallow. Therefore, the anchor cable accidentally cut off the cable laid on the seafloor.

Of course, the only advantage of this situation is that it may be easier to repair, because the submarine optical cable is also very shallow, so it will be easier to repair it. But how this submarine cable is repaired is still unknown.