By SubTel Forum

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Asia's major telecom operators scrambled on Monday to eliminate the impact on their operations from damage to several submarine cables following the massive earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan on Friday.  Many telecom operators and users were reporting some disruptions in Internet access Monday, though the partial restoration of service was accomplished by rerouting traffic over undamaged cables and via satellites.

About half of the existing cables running across the Pacific are damaged and “a lot of people are feeling a little bit of slowing down of Internet traffic going to the United States,” said Bill Barney, chief executive of Hong Kong-based cable-network operator Pacnet. He declined to name the damaged cables operated by other companies, but said Pacnet's cable system connecting Japan to the U.S. isn't damaged so far.

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