There will be maintenance works carried out on the SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable in the 2nd week of February and the work is expected to complete within 1 week. During this time, they may be slightly slower access to European locations if you’re in SE Asia.
The announcement is as follows from Business Video News
AMMAN – Internet users in the Kingdom are likely to witness a “slight” slowdown in connectivity speed in mid-February due to maintenance work on the South East Asia-Middle East-West Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) cable, according to the Jordan Telecom Group (JTG).
“Maintenance of the optic fibre submarine cable system will start during the second week of February. No major disruptions are expected, but there is a possibility that Internet speed will slow down,” Raslan Diranieh, chief financial officer of the JTG, told The Jordan Times over the phone yesterday.
He added that Jordan, along with other countries in the region, will be affected by maintenance work on the cable, which links South East Asia to Europe via the Indian Sub-Continent and the Middle East with terminal stations in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria and France.
Work on the cable is scheduled to last for one week, according to Diranieh, who noted that the JTG already has plans in place to move the traffic on the cable to other cables, as the JTG relies on five routes for Internet connectivity and international calls.
The $500 million SEA-ME-WE 4 submarine cable system spans approximately 20,000 kilometres, comprising the main backbone across the Eastern and Western worlds plus the extension links in various countries, according to the project’s website.
Last week, Reliance Globalcom, a division of Reliance Communications, conducted maintenance work on the FLAG Europe Asia undersea fibre-optic cable. The maintenance, which lasted for eight hours, had no impact on international calls or Internet services, Diranieh said.