Thursday, December 28, 2006

Internet access in Singapore severely affected by Taiwan quake

SINGAPORE : Internet and phone services were disrupted in Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia following Tuesday's earthquake in Taiwan.

The strong earthquake in Taiwan had damaged several undersea cables around the island.

Many internet users had difficulty accessing sites online, especially US sites.
The instant messaging service was also down.Internet users faced a long wait in downloading information on the internet.

Some e-commerce activities were also affected as a result of problems with internet and telecommunication systems.

Singapore internet service provider StarHub and Southeast Asia's largest telco SingTel say the earthquake caused disruptions to the undersea cables, resulting in slow internet access to some sites.

Both companies say internet traffic diversion and restoration works are currently underway. - CNA /ls

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