The Middle East is known for many things, just a few off the top of my head: wars, oil, riches and heat. I guess I should now add one more to the list, the most disconnected region!
Apparently one of the most important cable in the region, SEA-ME-WE 4 that accounts for around 89% of traffic, suffered a shunt fault somewhere around Italy. This happened around the 15th of April. The Internet around here has been slow as hell (depending on the ISP… and the time of the day), packets are getting lost like a primitive post office.
The repair was supposed to be around the 25th, and to be complete by today (27th), unfortunately it seems like conditions aren’t right (arr matey the seas are treacherous!!), and it seems the repair window has been extended until Friday the 30th…
ISPs around here are rerouting traffic or sending them over different cables. I see that Batelco are starting to use FLAG a bit more, and sending TATA traffic the other way across the globe: India>Singapore>Japan>US>Europe. Menatelecom (my new ISP) unfortunately seems to be routing around 89% of traffic through this damaged route (TATA is part of the SEA-ME-WE 4 group) according to Robtex.
I’ve lost count of major disruptions to the Internet in the Middle East, the worst being in 2008. Guess its time to relax and read some books.