Submarine cable fault: Engineers transferring Internet links from GO to Vodafone
GO and Vodafone engineers have been working throughout the night to transfer broadband internet services to the Vodafone undersea cable after a fault developed in GO's international gateway yesterday evening.
"Over the past night engineers have been implementing contingency measures together with Vodafone with the aim of starting to restore broadband internet services," GO said in a statement.
It warned that the fault will continue to result in "limited or restricted internet access" which is expected to improve as the day goes by.
The fault in the GO submarine cable developed at 6.30 p.m. International voice services were restored soon after using a microwave link, but internet links to overseas sites were cut for thousands of internet users.
The fault was located in the sea some 120km of cable away from Catania.
The fault was the second in four months involving this cable, but the first fault had occurred on land in Sicily.
A GO spokesman said it was not known what had caused the latest problem. The company's priority was to restore services, he said. The company was, however looking at whether some sort of seismic activity or the activities of a ship were involved.
Malta's international gateway services currently rely on undersea cables operated by GO and Vodafone. GO is currently in the process of laying a second cable, which should be operational within a few weeks. Melita has also said it plans to lay a cable to Sicily.