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Internet slowdowns in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, cables cut

Posted by Yaser on February 2, 2008

Two undersea telecommunication cables were cut on Tuesday evening, knocking out Internet access to much of Egypt, disrupting the world’s back office in India and slowing down service for some Verizon customers. One cable was damaged near Alexandria, Egypt, and the other in the waters off Marseille, France, telecommunications operators said. The two cables, which are separately managed and operated, were damaged within hours of each other. Damage to undersea cables, while rare, can result from movement of geologic faults or possibly from the dragging anchor of a ship. Hundreds of undersea cables often owned and managed by international consortiums keep telecommunications running worldwide. A surge in phones and Internet connections in Asia and to new financial hubs like Dubai has increased traffic on many of these cables.Most disrupted communications were quickly rerouted through other cables. “Some of our customers were impacted” by the damaged cables on Wednesday morning until the company rerouted traffic, said Linda Laughlin, a spokeswoman for Verizon. The company is building a trans-Pacific cable from Oregon to China, South Korea and Taiwan because it needs more capacity in Asia, she said. A trade group in India estimated that roughly 60 percent of the country’s Internet users were affected, but many large companies switched quickly to backup plans, and business was not significantly disrupted. One of the affected cables stretches from France through the Mediterranean and Red Seas, then around India to Singapore. Known as Sea Me We 4, the cable is owned by 16 telecommunications companies along its route. The second cable, known as the Flag (for Fiber-optic Link Around the Globe) System, runs from Britain to Japan. Similar accident happened last year when an underwater earthquake damaged many internet cables in Asia.

Source: NY Times

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Saudi Blogger Behind Bars

Posted by Yaser on January 3, 2008

Everybody might like to read and write about this one. The Saudis have put a blogger behind bars for being a tad critical of the House of Saud and the way Saudi is run. There is a website dedicated to his release and safe return to his family. http://freefouad.com/

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Saudi Arabia sees e-service surge

Posted by Yaser on October 13, 2007

Saudi Arabia is rapidly catching up with the UAE and the rest of the world when it comes to accessing the internet and the good news doesn’t stop there. Greater online access has fuelled a revolution that extends across all areas including government services, e-commerce and personal use.

The number of internet users in the Kingdom has grown from 200,000 in 2000 to 4.8 million users by the end of 2006. By December 2006, internet penetration reached 20%, while the forecast for 2007 is 35%. Read the rest of this entry »

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Violators of Copyright to Be Fined Up to SR500,000

Posted by Yaser on February 18, 2006

JEDDAH, 18 February 2006 — Violators of the Kingdom’s copyright law have been warned of tough punishments, including fines up to SR500,000. Individuals engaged in abuse of intellectual property will be jailed for up to one year, according to Saeed Al-Ghamdi, director of the Culture and Information Ministry’s office in the Makkah region. Read the rest of this entry »

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