An undersea internet cable linking Australia with Asia has been cut, just six weeks after being repaired. The 39,000 kilometre SEA-ME-WE3 cable linking Perth and Singapore took 50 days to fix after suffering multiple cuts in August. Internet users are now facing the prospect of slow speeds for weeks, and no time-frame has been given for when repairs might be completed. 'Customers can expect to see increased latency to Asian destinations until this link is restored,' Vocus Communications told its users, ARNnet reported. 'Our provider has advised that the location of the fault is approximately 1126km from the cable landing station in Singapore.'
Today, Google announced that it will be adding three undersea cables, as well as five new Cloud Platform regions, to its infrastructure in 2018. The Netherlands and Montreal regions will open in Q1 2018, while Los Angeles, Hong King and Finland will follow. The three cables will connect Chile to Los Angeles, the US to Denmark and Ireland and Hong Kong to Guam, and are called, respectively, Curie, Havfrue and HK-G.
WASHINGTON – Russian ships are skulking around underwater communications cables, causing the U.S. and its allies to worry the Kremlin might be taking information warfare to new depths. Is Moscow interested in cutting or tapping the cables? Does it want the West to worry it might? Is there a more innocent explanation? But whatever Moscow's intentions, U.S. and Western officials are increasingly troubled by their rival's interest in the 400 fiber-optic cables that carry most of world's calls, emails and texts, as well as $10 trillion worth of daily financial transactions.