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Australia-Singapore submarine internet cable cut again

Staff Writer |
An ageing submarine cable that links Australia to Southeast Asia was cut for the third time this year, underscoring the urgent need for a more robust connection to support the region’s growing internet traffic.

According to reports, the nearly 20-year-old SEA-ME-WE3 subsea cable that connects up Perth in Western Australia to Singapore and onwards to other landing points in Europe, the Middle East and Asia was cut in the early hours of 3 December 2017.

The cable fault occurred approximately 1,126 km from the cable landing station in Singapore. Until the link is restored, internet users in Australia can expect to see increased latency to Asian destinations.

The latest damage follows a series of cuts – typically caused by ship anchors, storms and earthquakes in the region – to the same cable in recent years, including an outage in August 2017 when its insulation near Hong Kong was damaged.

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