Sub-sea cable cut interrupts ISP’s in India

A string of submarine cable disruptions in Egypt, has widely impacted internet traffic in India, Middle East and North Africa.


The subsea cables that were disrupted include South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4 (SMW-4), India-Middle East-Western Europe (I-ME-WE) and Europe India Gateway (EIG) systems. The international consortium of operators in the region that manages the submarine cable system is in the process to restore services.

It is believed that most of the Indian users felt the impact on the download and buffer speed and would last for couple of days till the issue is restored.

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  • Important AIRTEL CUSTOMER. April 1, 2013 6:53 pm

    My 3G speed is 200KBPS. AIRTEL CONNECTION. from last 7 days. That is the day before holi. GUYS I am suffering the most as I uses very cheap internet pack i.e Rs. 8 and if 30 minutes passes my download/pack finishes…….. But I do have a trick.

    I CAN CONVERT 2G TO 3G….. I SWEAR I can do it…………. At least I am safe from wasting my money…………..

    • juber khoja June 3, 2013 6:11 pm

      how?can u help me so that i can also save some of my money

  • rajan March 31, 2013 10:29 am

    Now Everything is working normal…bsnl punjab Evdo

  • harish March 31, 2013 9:03 am

    I am using Reliance DSL .there is no problem at all.I have a 20 mbps plan and getting around 18.2 mbps speed consistently.I am from delhi.

  • Sunny March 30, 2013 5:08 pm

    Most affected are BSNL & Airtel but airtel has decided to reroute their traffic through some other channel, lets see what BSNL will do.

  • prakhar March 30, 2013 2:27 pm

    i am bsnl broadband(up east) user getting a downloading speed of 4 kbps from last 2 days.When will the problem be resolved.

  • umesh March 30, 2013 7:41 am

    Aircel,docomo even reliance (all 2g) are giving better speeds in mumbai and maahrashtra but BSNL 3g is very very slow it takes lot of time to load pages

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  • Rajesh March 30, 2013 5:06 am

    ISP’s affected in India include BSNL, MTNL, Bharti Airtel , Vodafone et al. The problem of reduced speed lasts for another 3-4 weeks at least.

  • anupam March 30, 2013 4:54 am

    AirTel BroadBand Delhi – i am not facing any down grade in speed yet. Economic Times says : it can take upto 20-25 days to fully resolve the problem.

  • AD March 30, 2013 1:54 am

    Off Topic: BSNL has increased its ROAM FREE call charge at Roaming Local Re. 1/min STD Rs. 1.5 / Min, hats off BSNL, you really good policy maker and serving our nation. 😉 😛

  • Nikhil March 29, 2013 11:13 pm

    BSNL EVDO in Maharashtra is also affected.

  • AYUSH March 29, 2013 9:29 pm

    I AM FROM KOLKATA, using BSNL broadband but not affected at all speed is ok and all sites are opening easily but 2 or 3 sites are not opening just all…..all things are perfect no any problem..

    • Aneek March 30, 2013 9:11 pm

      I am from Kolkata as well. But I am facing this problem. I searched in Net about the slow speed from 26th march 2013 and result came up with this. Well, Google related sites and some Indian sites are opening normal but other sites including Facebook is dead slow. Download speed is not max then 5KBPS. P2P connections are having the same speed. When this will be restored to normal? 🙁

      • Subhadeep Kanungo March 31, 2013 11:48 pm

        I am also from Kolkata. I am facing slow speed for the last few days. This will continue for another 2 or 3 weeks until the sub cable is restored.

  • Adil March 29, 2013 9:24 pm

    My docomo 3g is working absolutely fine getting a speed around 450KBps..

  • BIBHU DUTTA PANDA March 29, 2013 9:21 pm

    I am using BSNL WiMax in Odisha…My Internet speed reduced by 70%….

    • Saptarshi March 30, 2013 7:14 am

      I am from Odisha as well, using BSNL wimax. I am also facing same problem…. Speed reduced by 70%. Can’t open many website as well..

  • Ashish March 29, 2013 8:21 pm

    I am a BSNL Broadband User from Haryana also facing slow speed problem from last two days

  • ad March 29, 2013 7:29 pm


    For me sites like Google, bing youtube, gmail opean without any problems wile The most inportant is not opeaning Files host like Rapidshare, Depositfiles, Uptobox, faceook are not Opeaning

    The download speed is slow like 1 to 9 kb but the upload speed is ok

    I live in Goa and India

    This started on 26 march

    • kishan March 29, 2013 11:06 pm

      I have same problem facebook not open….
      This the reason for slow speed or is it cyber attack…????

    • vikas phougat March 30, 2013 12:46 am

      u r right bro some webs are open fb is most effkted today

      • KishaN Kukadiya March 30, 2013 9:34 pm

        is this due to this problem or due to cyber attack ????

  • Harjot Singh March 29, 2013 6:49 pm

    Same here.
    BSNL DataOne is quite slow these days.
    But there are 2 theories about this incident.According to one slowdown is due to cut in under water cables.But according to others it is due to the biggest cyber attack or some cyber war between 2 rivals.
    Now which is true.Can anyone confirm ?

  • Joy March 29, 2013 6:06 pm

    Looks like BSNL users are severly affected. Kahan ho tum….kahan ho tum 🙂

  • amit March 29, 2013 4:31 pm

    my fb page loads after 15 to 20 mins, some other sites didnt work… iam using bsnl broadband

  • Saurabh March 29, 2013 4:04 pm

    I’m not affected at all. I know as a mobile Internet users, I’m already getting speed between 10-12KBps which is already 75 percent less and no snag or any kind of disruption can affect it and bring it down as it is already infected by operator’s speed capping virus.

    Everyday after 8AM, the speed reduces by 50-60 percent and its normal for us. We can’t blame other factors as even without them we don’t get good speed. Egypt cable cut problem or DDoS attack may get over in a month or so but the permanent problem we’ve in India will never get solve. Pay for 256kbps and get 48-64-80kbps.

    Operators here care too much for their customers and always keep speed down so that they become habitual to slow speed and whenever a snag hit, they don’t feel much difference or pain. So caring they are.

    Speed capping started from 128kbps then it fell to 80/64/40 and even 20kbps. Now only unlimited plan with 8kbps after FUP are awaited to hit the market. 🙂

    • Venkat March 29, 2013 10:27 pm

      Well said… +100, I think an andhra pradesh circle only airtel capped 2G speed at 80 kbps, Idea, Voda, BSNL giving 128 kBps speed and TD, Reliance giving 256kBps speed (of course we will never get that speed).

  • Nikhil March 29, 2013 4:01 pm

    i Am using Bsnl broadband and i m facing lots of problems like speed slowdon and disconnection problem.

  • Karandeep singh March 29, 2013 3:49 pm

    I am also face same problem in punjab. My bsnl broadband speed is reduced to 30%. Some sites opened and some are not, when will this problem will resolved? Please somebody tell me. Somebody said me some idiots from noida had creat this problem

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  • ankush sharma March 29, 2013 2:45 pm

    same here…am also facing slowdown here in bsnl broadband nd 3G reduced to 50%
    no idea about other operators…

  • Venkat March 29, 2013 1:53 pm

    I am using idea 3g sim in huawei ec303modem. i am not facing any problems. But in my mobile airtel 2g speed reduced to 80kbps. till day before yesterday,i used to get 256kbps in my village and 128kbps in my work place. but i am getting 80 at both places now.

  • SS March 29, 2013 1:50 pm

    The real picture of the damage will be clear till monday when the routes would be overloaded. Here’s a statement by Rajesh Chharia, the president of ISP association India.

    “Currently, internet and data usage are low because of the festive season. India will feel the impact from Monday when offices and businesses come back. Telcos have diverted all traffic from the Atlantic route to the Pacific, but our connectivity to the latter route is not sufficient to cater to all of India’s traffic,”

    • S.Sudhakar March 29, 2013 7:49 pm

      Correction :

      It is by Egyptian divers and not by fishermen.

      • SS March 29, 2013 9:09 pm

        Oh wait! Can you please tell me where I have written “Egyptian divers” or “Egyptian fishermen” in any of my post. Currently there are 2 posts of mine in this page and this is the third one.

        I have read all the post thrice but cannot find the sentence pointed by you. Pls Check and reply again. I would be happy to hear you 🙂

        • S.Sudhakar March 30, 2013 3:04 pm

          Telecomtalk people are not allowing my post. Tell me your email. I will forward you.

          It is because of Egyptian divers.

          • Bishal Gupta April 1, 2013 6:55 pm

            My 3G speed is 200KBPS. AIRTEL CONNECTION. from last 7 days. That is the day before holi. GUYS I am suffering the most as I uses very cheap internet pack i.e Rs. 8 and if 30 minutes passes my download/pack finishes…….. But I do have a trick.

            I CAN CONVERT 2G TO 3G….. I SWEAR I can do it…………. At least I am safe from wasting my money…………..

  • SS March 29, 2013 1:42 pm

    Some idiots from Egypt did this. The world is full of non-sense and notorious persons. but thank God till now my Idea 3G is fine without any speed degradation!

  • Tharun George March 29, 2013 1:05 pm

    For me Reliance become very slow yesterday. But Asianet broadband is fine.

  • ganesh March 29, 2013 12:35 pm

    is it real i’m facing problem

  • Rohit March 29, 2013 12:30 pm

    Goddamn underwater terrorists in Egypt.

  • SS March 29, 2013 12:09 pm

    That’s bad as we would have to face slowdowns but I am using IDEA 3G and not facing any speed degradation or anything like that. Any one experiencing any issue?

  • Sayantan March 29, 2013 12:06 pm

    I felt it yesterday. bsnl broadband speed is reduced by 50% in kolkata.

    • Peter March 29, 2013 1:33 pm

      For me, the drop in speed is around 75-80%! 🙁

      • Dhawal March 29, 2013 3:15 pm

        sane here in pune BSNL speed has dropped to 50%..

        • gaurav March 29, 2013 6:43 pm

          same here MTNL MUMBAI speed down by 50%

        • Kunal March 29, 2013 8:46 pm

          Even my Mtnl Triband in Mumbai has become slow, Fb and yahoo take ages to open 🙁

    • som March 29, 2013 5:56 pm

      same here with BSNL was totally unusable.condition has improved a little bit in last few years.

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