Egypt's military stops attempt to cut internet cable

Ahram Online, Wednesday 27 Mar 2013

Attempt to cut internet cable halted by Egyptian marines

Egypt's marines stopped a 'criminal operation' on Wednesday to sever a regional Mediterranean cable providing internet to Egypt, said a military source.

Wearing diving suits, three of the "criminals" were arrested while on a fishing boat in the Shatbi area in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Internet services in Egypt have been disrupted by earlier damage to an undersea cable, Link Dot Net boss Waseem Arsani told Ahram Online earlier in the day.

"The technical damage could disrupt Egypt's internet services by almost 50 percent," Arsani added.

Last Friday, Egypt’s biggest internet service provider, TE Data, stated that one of its international undersea cables had undergone some technical damage, which affected the speed of online services nationwide.

The company announced the following Sunday that it had repaired the damage.

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