Etisalat today announced that the international submarine cable provided by Sea-ME-We 4, in the Mediterranean Sea connecting Alexandria and Marseilles, has had a unexpected breakdown affecting the Internet traffic in the UAE. Etisalat is working closely with the administration, partners and concerned operators for urgent repair works and re-routing traffic to ensure earliest possible restoration of the cables and Internet service.
Etisalat has prioritized Internet traffic and essential services, important to customers, to ensure that they continue to operate with minimal or no impact.
For the business segment and service users, Etisalat has already undertaken immediate corrective steps to minimize the impact of the cable cut on business customers.
Etisalat’s network has been so designed to avoid disruption of Internet traffic during such an eventuality. Etisalat has invested heavily in building a robust network with multiple redundant links to major global Internet hubs in Asia, Europe, and USA, so that the traffic can be re-routed to ensure that Internet services can remain operational at reasonable speeds in the UAE. As per reports from a previous cable break incident, UAE was the least affected country owing to this network.