Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I've been hassling our network provider today because of problems in our Dubai office. Looks like it's a bigger issue than I realised -

Apparently it was caused by a ship's anchor. It's funny though, a great deal of effort goes into contingency arrangements for network outages and making sure your network is secure against outside threats, but one thing that most people don't realise is that all networks go through a few of these huge, international cables. There aren't many of them but if one fails an entire region is completely fucked. I remember something similar happening recently to a cable in Asia, which effectively cut off Australia from the rest of the world!

Maybe countries should start investing in a national satellite network infrastructure, as an emergency backup.

1 comment:

ElijahBailey said...

I've never been able to get my head round undersea cables and the fact that they are effectively just a scaled up versions of the cables running across your living floor. Except the floor in question is at the bottom of the sea.

That seems almost remarkabley primitive.