Archive for February 2008

How a Ship in Alexandria, Egypt Effected Assyrian Voice

How can a ship, ducked all the way off the port of Alexandria, Egypt, effect traffic to Assyrian Voice? and in a significant way! Well, if you haven’t heard, this past week, there were large disruptions in internet service in many parts of the Middle East, including Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and large parts of the Gulf including Iraq. Millions of people had lost service.

The cause? two large undersea cables, which transmit phone and internet data had been cut by a ship docked illegally off the port of Alexandria. You see, these giant cables do get damaged at times, but never has there been a time when two cables got damaged at the same time. Most websites and news sources reported as being “A breakdown in an international undersea cable network disrupted Internet links.” It sounds rather suspicious, doesn’t it? Well sure it does, because no official account has been given, where the illegally docked ship was faulted. Reuters’ version of the story for example, makes no mention of such ship!

Not surprisingly, but shockingly enough at the same time, there was a big percentage drop in traffic from the Middle East to Assyrian Voice; up to some 30% in some times of the day, and from these countries mentioned above. This is a significant loss of traffic and for this many days. As we speak, and four days after this incident occurred, our numbers seem to be back to normal. Assyrians connecting from countries like Iraq, Syria, Jordan and other gulf states usually make up the top 10 list of countries with most visitors to Assyrian Voice. Others include USA, Canada, Australia, and various European countries.

You can tell we are living in a truly globalized and connected world, when a ship in Egypt can effect how many people can come to this website. Truly amazing. I predict stocks for companies who are in the wireless internet industry to soar!

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