Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Sri Lankan internet sunk

Internet users in Sri Lanka have been cut off due to a problem with their under-water connection. An Indian ship, the 'State of Nagaland', dropped anchor and in doing so inadvertently sliced through the fibre optic cable.

Or so Sri Lankan Telecom (SLT) would have you believe. They assert, in a court documents, that the ship was the only one in the area, and that this kind of damage doesn't happen through natural causes - the cable was cut ~6 miles off shore. The Telco claims that about 3/4 million users are without service, as well as Sri Lankan government sites. Also having issues is .lk domain names, which number roughly 2,000. Currently, SLT are using a satellite connection to provide limited connectivity.

The ship is currently being held by court, under a request for $5 million worth of damages from SLT. SLT hope to have services restored within the next few days.

read more at http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2004/08/24/errant_anchor_blamed_for_knocking_island_nation_offline.html

posted by Logu Krishnan : 10:41 AM

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