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International calling capacity 99% restored, Chunghwa says

International calling capacity 99% restored, Chunghwa says

International call capacity between Taiwan and Japan, China, the United States and Canada had been restored by 99 percent as of yesterday, after a major earthquake on December 26 damaged a critical hub of undersea cables off southern Taiwan, officials from Chunghwa Telecom Corp. said.
Chunghwa Telecom has been renting transmission capacity from private cable operators to facilitate the return of telecommunications services over the past week, while preparing for emergency repair work on four of six undersea cables that were seriously damaged by the earthquake, the strongest recorded in Taiwan's southernmost county of Pingtung in 100 years, the officials said.
They said international call capacity between Taiwan and the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, meanwhile, had been restored to 40 percent as of yesterday.
Meanwhile, five repair ships arrived in the affected area yesterday to begin repairs on four of the damaged cables.
The repairmen on the ships - representing KOL, Retriever, Segero, KPL and Restorer - said that call capacity between Taiwan and the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia is expected to be fully restored by January 20, while all damaged points are expected to be completely repaired by January 30.
Chunghwa Telecom estimated that because of the quake damage, the company's revenues will be slashed by around NT$100 million (US$3.03 million), while the repair of the damaged cables will cost around NT$50 million.
The magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck at 8:26 p.m. on December 26, with the epicenter located 22.8 kilometers southwest of Hengchun in Pingtung County at a depth of 21.9 kilometers. Two people died and some 40 others were injured in the quake.


Updated : 2021-10-20 22:35 GMT+08:00