By Telecompaper

Algeria has suffered disruptions to internet service since a submarine cable was cut on 22 October. Algerie Telecom CEO Azouaou Mehmel said work started 24 October on repairing the cable and the operator hopes to have services restored within a week, El Watan reports. The cut to the Sea-Me-We-4 cable at Annaba resulted in Algerie Telecom losing 80 percent of its international bandwidth.

It has tried to compensate by routing capacity over its second cable, connecting Algiers to Palma. Most of the remaining capacity has been reserved for business and wholesale customers, while residential customers will be allocated peak bandwidth at least once a day depending on their region, the CEO said. Algerie Telecom has promised compensation to internet customers for the disrupted service since 22 October.

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