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Internet disruption.

Bob_Milton
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Internet disruption.

BBC News says,
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Internet services have been disrupted in large parts of the Middle East and India following damage to two undersea cables in the Mediterranean.

Has this had any knock on affect to PlusNet services?
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James
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Re: Internet disruption.

Bob,
We only supply Internet services in the UK so this will have no bearing on us at all.
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Re: Internet disruption.

Bob, do you have a link to the story?
Bob_Milton
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Re: Internet disruption.

@ chillypenguin
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7218008.stm

Here you are then.
Bob
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Re: Internet disruption.

Thx Bob
Interesting reading, I was in the middle east last week, and with about 180 trying to use the hotel Wifi we brought it to its knees!!!
jmd
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Re: Internet disruption.

Well, that will upset all these firms that have taken jobs away from this country and opened up call centres in India etc!
Midnight_Caller
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Re: Internet disruption.

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UK firms such as British Airways have told the BBC that call centres have been affected by the outage.

Well mebby the British firms will bring back the call centres jobs back to England.  Wink
LiamM
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Re: Internet disruption.

That could be problematic as they all tend to use VoIP phones so all the call traffic goes over the internet too.  If BA lose their internet connection, they lose their call centre full stop!
notheruser
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Re: Internet disruption.

Quote from: Liam
That could be problematic as they all tend to use VoIP phones so all the call traffic goes over the internet too.  If BA lose their internet connection, they lose their call centre full stop!

True, but in the context of the original post, it was the loss of an international link which caused the disruption - not a local client/ISP link. Especially as companies move to VoIP, they are more dependant on international links and the infrastructure in foreign countries.
The UK has good mains infrastructure in the form of the National Grid, and ISP's build in redundancy in their backbone networks. Can we be sure that same level of protection is available in some of the places call centres etc. are moving to? And no matter how good the local infrastructure is, as this example shows, we are also becoming more dependant on the reliability of international links.