This is getting interesting.
- Two cables north of Egypt got cut earlier this week, possibly by a ship's anchor. That sounds like an accident
- Now a third cable has been cut, less than a week later, in the Persian Gulf
Another curious coincidence: U.K. FLAG Telecom, a British company, owns the most recently cut cable, and one of the two that went down earlier this week. Again, a coincidence. My guess is that it's about as unlikely as two out of three cable breaks in America involving, say, Qwest.
Some good news: more of India is getting back online.
Outages do happen. An earthquake near Taiwan in 2006 damaged undersea cabes, and gave East Asia almost two months of outages.
I do not think that these three cable cuttings were intentional. On the other hand, it's curious that three cables got cut
- In two probably-unrelated accidents
- Within a few day of each other
- In a troubled part of the world
- Where some people don't seem to like what's happened in the rest of the world during the last several centuries
If a fourth, or fifth, or sixth cable gets cut in the next few days, I'll start re-evaluating my 'cluster of accidents' opinion.
UPDATE (December 19, 2008)
Another three undersea cables were cut in the Mediterranean ("Mediterranean Internet Cables Accident-Prone?" (December 19, 2008)).