Fiber survives the Tsunami

Call this a strange twist of fate. In a tragedy which has taken thousands of lives, the life line of new economy – the fiber cables have survived the worst tragedy in the history of South Asia. Light Reading reports that the telecom services, after some minor outages are back to normal. Four large cables that connect India to rest of Asia were not affected, the report says. Videsh Sanchar Nigam’s Tata Indicom-Chennai-Singapore cable, SEA-ME-WE-2 and SEA-ME-WE-3, and the Western Africa Submarine Cable (WASC) were not affected; neither was Bharti Tele-Ventures Ltd.’s 3,200 kilometer cable connecting Chennai, India, with Singapore. These are the cables over which much of the outsourcing traffic to-and-from India travels. Many US retailers, banks and credit card companies operate call centers that use these cables. In a sense, this tragedy also proved that even in worst case scenario, the work of money continues. Sad, but true!

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