India Averts Internet Meltdown

Failsafe plans, including an alternate network of cables in the Pacific Ocean, prove the resilience of the country's broadband infrastructure

When news broke Jan. 31 that an undersea fiber-optic cable owned by India's Reliance Communications had been accidentally sliced by a ship's anchor in Egypt, people feared a possible replay of 2006. That's when an earthquake in Taiwan disrupted Internet traffic in East Asia for nearly two weeks. India, where the Internet is the lifeblood of the outsourcing industry, was considered particularly vulnerable.

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