Internet Outages in Pakistan, Somalia, Saudi Arabia Due To Submarine Cable, Potentially Severed

Internet Outages in Pakistan, Somalia, Saudi Arabia Due To Submarine Cable, Potentially Severed


Massive Internet outages are being reported in Djibouti, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and several other African Nations who all rely on the AAE-1 submarine cable for their land line internet. The Internet usage drop, depicted below shows when the apparent disruption occurred, possibly indicating a severance in the cable or disruption at the land hubs depicted in the map above.

Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) is a 25,000 km submarine communications cable system from South East Asia to Europe across Egypt, connecting Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy, and France. The AAE-1 cable has capacity of at least 40 terabits per second (Tbit/s) to supply the broadband market across Asia, Africa and Europe. In July 2017, it was launched for commercial services and is the longest submarine cable system in over a decade. (Wiki)

China Unicom initiated the AAE-1 cable project in 2011, with the support and partnership from Telecom Egypt. The AAE-1 consortium, which obtained the construction and maintenance contract in 2014, consists of over 17 carriers, including British Telecom, China Unicom, Djibouti Telecom, Etisalat, Global Transit, HyalRoute, Jio, Metfone, Mobily, Omantel, Ooredoo, Oteglobe, PCCW Global, PTCL, Retelit, Telecom Egypt, TeleYemen, TOT, VNPT, Viettel.


Tessaron United States Naval Academy alumni and current graduate student in Intelligence Analysis at American Military University. Covering flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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