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UK 'won't experience same internet problems as India and Egypt'

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There is no need to worry that the UK will experience the same internet problems as India and Egypt recently have, says one industry expert.

Category SME IT
06 February 2008
 
There is no need to worry that the UK will experience the same internet problems as India and Egypt recently have, says one industry expert.

Intellect, the trade association for the UK's technology industry, explained that millions of people were left without the internet in India and Egypt due to damaged communication cables but the UK is not in such a vulnerable position.

Stephen Hearnden, director of telecoms and technology at Intellect, said: "Occasionally, you get a major outage due to a server fire or occasionally a cable.

"But in the developed countries, there is an enormous amount of redundancy built in – alternative gateways and alternative routing of cables."

He added that the internet in the UK has progressed from what was at first a "simple network" to a "vastly critical infrastructure" that the whole world relies on for trading and doing business.

Damage to an underwater internet cable in the Mediterranean recently left millions of people in Egypt and India unable to connect to the internet, with 70 and 60 per cent of the respective nations' networks being affected.


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