Internet slowdown to be a pain for at least three weeks
Taiwan quake cripples Thai Internet
BANGKOK: — Telecommunications across Asia have been severely disrupted because
of damage to undersea cables caused by Tuesday's earthquake near Taiwan.
Banks and businesses in Taiwan, South Korea, China and Japan reported telephone
and internet problems.
In Thailand, Internet access slowed to a crawl, with up to 90 per cent of e-mail
and web access impossible. There was no word from CAT Telecom, the government
monopoly which supplies all Internet service to Thailand.
Taiwan's largest telephone company, Chunghwa Telecom Co, said damage to an
undersea cable had disrupted 98% of Taiwan's communications with Malaysia,
Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.
Repairs could take three weeks, Vice-General Manager Lin Jen-hung said, but
quality would improve daily.
Telecommunications companies in Hong Kong, Japan and China also reported
problems. China's biggest telecoms provider, China Telecommunications Group, said that
communications cables to the US and to Europe had been damaged.
Repairing the cables harmed by Tuesday's 6.7-magnitude quake could take three
weeks but "quality will improve day by day," said Lin Jen-hung, vice general
manager of Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan's largest phone company.
The company said damage to a cable off Taiwan's southern coast has interrupted
98 percent of Taiwan's communications capacity with Malaysia, Singapore,
Thailand and Hong Kong.
The damaged lines knocked out Internet service for some Hong Kong customers, who
were unable to access Web sites in parts of Asia and the U.S.
Hong Kong telephone company PCCW Ltd., which also provides Internet service,
said several undersea data cables were damaged in the quake.
"Data traffic to Taiwan, Korea, Japan and the United States are affected," PCCW
said in a statement.
The company also warned customers that they may experience congestion for
several days on the Internet because of an upsurge in use as people surf the Web
for more information about the quake.
Financial traders in Hong Kong _ one of Asia's biggest business capitals _
complained they lost their connection to Bloomberg LP, a key provider of news
and data about stock markets. Bloomberg declined to immediately comment on the
Internet access has been cut or has become extremely slow in Beijing, said an
official from China Netcom, China's No. 2 phone company.
The official, who would not give his name, said the cause was thought to be the
earthquake, but he had not further details.
Businesses in various parts of the city also said they were experiencing
Internet access problems.
CCTV, the state-run television network, said the earthquake had damaged undersea
communications cables from China to the United States and from Asia to Europe.
It said China Telecom Corp., China's biggest phone company, was contacting
counterparts in the United States and Europe about using satellites to make up
for the shortfall.
KDDI Corp., Japan's major carrier for international calls, said Thursday that
its fixed-line telephone service has been intermittently affected following the
KDDI spokesman Haruhiko Maeda said that the quake damaged several undersea
communication cables in southern Taiwan shared among international communication
He said that customers are having trouble making calls to India and the Middle
East, which are usually routed through cables near Taiwan. Maeda said the
company is rerouting calls to go through the U.S. and Europe and the company
does not know how long it will take to repair the cables.
Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said that international
roaming service provided by Japan's major three telecommunications _ NTT DoCoMO,
KDDI, and Softbank, has been affected. Ministry official Akira Yamanaka said
that some customers were unable to make calls using their mobile phones in
countries including Taiwan.
The quake, which hit offshore from the town of Hengchun near Taiwan's southern
tip, came on the second anniversary of the tsunami that killed more than 200,000
lives in southern Asia.
Tuesday's quake was felt throughout Taiwan. It shook buildings and knocked
objects off the shelves in the capital, Taipei, in the northern part of the
island. Two members of one family were killed Tuesday in Hengchun when their
four-story home collapsed. The quake injured 42 people, three homes collapsed
and 12 fires broke out, the National Fire Agency said.
— Bangkok Post 2006-12-27
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