Surfing slowed down by a broken cable
Internet surfing will be noticeably slower for users in Asia, Europe and Australia in the next few days, because the world's longest underwater cable, at 39,000 kilometers, has been damaged on the seabed near Singapore.
Since the reasons for this are not 100% clear, no date can be given for the repair. It is possible that the cable was damaged by a seaquake or by a ship's anchor. The cable, which cost around two billion marks, was only put into operation last year. It has 40 nodes in 34 countries, including Germany, and extends across Western Europe to Asia and Australia and around 100 telecommunications companies worldwide are involved in the project.