Internet in Asia, very slooowwww!

Michael T. Richter ttmrichter at
Wed Jan 3 07:02:47 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-03-01 at 13:51 +0800, Joel Bryan Juliano wrote:

> Is anyone here live in southeast asia, are you experiencing slow
> internet access?

As of December 27th pretty much everybody in Korea, China, Singapore,
Japan, etc. has been experiencing what you're reporting.  That would be
the day of the earthquake which tore up anywhere from 2 to 12 undersea
cables.  (Reports vary.)  The ships have only just reached the point
where they can start to repair the break.  Estimates currently are two
to three weeks for a full repair.  Two more ships are steaming in to
assist -- if they arrive in time they should speed matters up.

Until then?  You can access local web sites just fine.  You can make
local phone calls just fine.  The international data pipe, however, has
become a thin straw.  You'll not get anything going at all.

Michael T. Richter
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