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Taiwan official: Most Asian phone and Internet to be restored

Taiwan official: Most Asian phone and Internet to be restored

Nearly all Asia's earthquake-disrupted Internet service and 80 percent of its phone service was to be restored by noon (0400 GMT) Thursday, a Taiwanese official said following one of the largest telecommunications outages in years to hit Asia.
Lin Jen-hung, vice-general manager of Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co. also said four ships with crews to repair the two undersea data transmission cables ruptured during Tuesday's powerful earthquake in Taiwan will arrive in the affected area on Jan. 2.
The 6.7 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks on Tuesday night and Wednesday caused disruptions for major telecommunications operators from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Singapore and South Korea _ with ripple effects spreading beyond Asia.
Wu Chih-Ming, another Chunghwa official, said the company was adopting emergency measures to restore Internet and telephone service on the island.
"We are renting transmission capacity from private cable operators," he said, adding that a small portion of phone service was also being routed through satellite connections.
In Hong Kong, a government statement said Thursday it would take at least five days to partially repair the damage to two undersea cables. The government urged Internet users not to log onto overseas Web sites for unessential reasons. People were also told not to repeatedly make nonurgent telephone calls to overseas numbers if earlier attempts failed.
A Hong Kong telecommunications official said all seven major cables serving the Chinese territory were affected, some severely.
"Of the seven major submarine optical fiber cable systems serving Hong Kong, all of them have been affected," said Au Man-ho of the Telecommunications Authority. "Six of them have been completely damaged and there is a remaining one with a limited capacity," Au told reporters.
Au added that roaming and long-distance phone service to all destinations except Taiwan were normal again.


Updated : 2021-04-10 22:10 GMT+08:00