Cyclone Vardah is the Reason Behind Slow Internet Connectivity on Airtel and Others!

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As you might be aware of the fact that Chennai has hit with a deadly cyclone. Dubbed as the Cyclone Vardah, it has also cost nearly four people's lives. And, if you’re living in one of the cities around Chennai, then you might experience slow internet speeds for the next couple of days or more.

Yes, you heard it right. Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom network has sent out an alert message saying that one of their undersea network cables has affected with the cyclone Vardah and it even states that reduced internet speeds will impact customers.

The same case arises with the other broadband services as well. Having said that, according to MediaNama, traditional broadband services such as the ACT Internet and Chennai’s local YOU Broadband also stated the same.

One of the Airtel spokesperson quoted as follows: “Due to the severe cyclone at Chennai coast yesterday, one of our international undersea cables has been damaged and internet traffic has been partially impacted. As a result, customers in some locations may be experiencing slow internet/data speeds. Our teams are working to normalize the operations at the earliest possible and making alternate arrangements to divert international internet traffic”


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As of now, there is no information from the telecoms or broadband services on when this issue will get fixed, but taking a look at the current situation of Chennai, we assume that it will take more than a week for the telecoms to get the issue fixed.


Reliance Jio is also one of the victims of the Cyclone Vardah. Though this wasn’t confirmed by the company officially, a lot of users are complaining about the slow internet speeds on the network from today morning.

Update: Jio spokesperson quoted as follows "We have had negligible impact to our network and assets so far and we are working on a war footing to ensure our service remains fully available to customers through this phase"

We will keep you updated regarding this issue once we receive any other information. Are you among the one plagued with slow internet speeds from morning? Let us know in the comments section below.

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