Transatlantic Net traffic survives cable damage

Damage to a France Télécom (FT) transatlantic cable slowed Internet traffic between Europe and the U.S. on Tuesday, but traffic returned quickly to normal levels, according to the London Internet Exchange (LINX), the largest Internet exchange point in Europe.

"We saw a very small drop on Tuesday, but insignificant in terms of normal traffic. All the operators have resilient networks and the traffic was just routed elsewhere," said Vanessa Evans [cq], a spokeswoman for LINX.

"Internet traffic finds its own routes," she said

The TAT-14 cable was damaged on Tuesday night, near to Calais, France. The high level of shipping transport in the area has made fixing the cable difficult, an FT spokeswoman said Thursday, but the company is doing all it can to restore service.

The damage came at a bad time, while FT was dealing with continuing problems on another part of the TAT-14 cable, so that normal redundancy provisions could not come into play, the spokeswoman said.

However, voice traffic is working as normal, and Internet traffic over the cable is at 75 percent of normal levels, she said. FT hopes to have the cable fixed by Friday night or Saturday morning, depending on weather conditions, the spokeswoman said.

The U.K. has not seen any serious problems from the cable, LINX's Evans said.

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