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Internet out in India, Middle East

Thu, 01/31/2008 - 7:08am
Brian Santo

Problems with Internet access, which started in the Middle East and extended into India, are being attributed to a pair of undersea cables that were severed near Alexandria, Egypt.

The cause of the cuts was unknown, but Egypt has had storms recently.

The problems have ranged from slow access to outages and have affected countries from Egypt to Bangladesh, including India, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Local stock exchanges have been subject to the problems, but the key concern for U.S. companies may be access problems in India, where many U.S. companies outsource customer-service call centers and other back-office operations.

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