Undersea Cable Damages Slow Down the Internet in Southeast Asia
The Internet has become an indisposable part of our everyday lives. We’re constantly connected be it through our mobile devices or even our desktop PCs. We’re so used to being connected that when things slow down or get interrupted we either go insane wondering what’s going on, or we jump into the great disconnected life with books and other offline activities.
If you’ve been wondering what the heck has been going on with your internet connectivity, you aren’t alone. Internet connectivity has been slow and sometimes even non-existent over the past few weeks. We finally have an answer as to why the internet has been spotty; the undersea cables which essentially make up the internet have been damaged in multiple sites. The slow internet isn’t just affecting Malaysia though, it seems like the damage done has disrupted and slowed down the internet for the whole Southeast Asian region.
From the information that we’ve been able to track down, the internet disruption has been caused by breaks in multiple cables which connect the region to the United States and other parts of the world. In particular, the Asia-American Gateway (AAG), Intra-Asia (IA), Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) and the SEA-ME-WE3 (SMW3) have been affected. The disruptions and ruptures which have occurred are mainly centered around Hong Kong. However, the SMW3 is disrupted between Singapore and Perth. The Cahaya Malaysia cable is also part of the ASE cable and is definitely affected by the breakage. From what we’ve been able to gather, the breakages weren’t caused by sharks (which is apparently a common occurrence) but due to the typhoons which have been ravaging the region.
While other internet service providers in the region have acknowledged the impact of the breakages, we’ve yet to hear any official word from TM. However, from reports that have surfaced, we can only expect the repairs to be completed by mid-October at the earliest. This is barring any untoward weather conditions which may affect the repair efforts.
We’ll update when we get more information from TM or other sources.