We’ve been wondering why our infamously slow internet access has ground to a halt this week. One reason, as we’ve told you, is a possible GFW level up. Well here’s another reason we missed out — the Japan earthquake has damaged a large number of undersea fiber-optic cables that carry internet data and voice calls between Asia and North America.
China Telecoms says that its repair ships are already on location but due to the continuing aftershocks and tsunamis, it cannot yet confirm when repairs will be complete. China Unicom says that while its international voice call operations remain largely unaffected, internet data through Japan’s NTT Communications has been significantly impacted, but that has since been mitigated through rerouting via other cables.