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Hong Kong Internet Access Fully Restored

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Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 14, 2007
Hong Kong's telecom regulator said Wednesday Internet access in the city had been fully restored with the completion of repairs to undersea cables damaged by an earthquake in Taiwan last December. The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) said cable operators reported that repairs were finished to six damaged submarine cables which badly disrupted Internet access in parts of Asia.

"We are pleased to note that the repair of these cable systems is completed and all our external telecommunications services, including Internet access services, have been fully restored," OFTA said in a statement.

"Our Internet service providers have recovered their external connection capacity back to the normal operational level before the earthquakes," it added.

The Boxing Day earthquake snapped several international telecom cables, sparking widespread communication disruption in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and elsewhere.

Problems also occurred as far away as Australia.

The earthquake left two people dead and at least 42 injured in Taiwan.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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New Damage And Bad Weather Delay Asian Internet Repairs
Taipei (AFP) Jan 23, 2007
Newly discovered earthquake damage to undersea cables and bad weather could delay the complete restoration of Asian Internet services until next month, telecom officials said last week. A spokesman for Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom said engineers had found new damage to cables servicing China, putting back repairs by about a week.

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