Red Sea Cables Break, But Satellites Save The Internet

Network traffic has been disrupted, forcing telecoms operators to search for an alternative as a result of damage to four of the fifteen underwater communication cables in the Red Sea. The rerouting of Internet traffic has resulted in a greater utilization of space resources by satellite operators. Underwater and orbital communications together may be the best way to advance the field.

Telecommunications company HGC Global Communications, based in Hong Kong, claims that this resulted in a 25% decrease in traffic between Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The source of the harm is still a mystery. The business stated that it was attempting to resolve this extremely uncommon situation. A member of the US National Security Council accused the anchor of a cargo ship that the Houthi organization in Yemen sank, despite the fact that HGC could not give a precise cause. The Houthis, meanwhile, insist they had nothing to do with the incident.

For whatever reason, satellite service providers have taken advantage of the utilization of space assets to reroute Internet traffic. According to SpaceNews, satellite providers like Intelsat are offering a backup connection to bridge the gaps left by loose cables.

52 communications satellites are kept in orbit by Intelsat, offering both broadband Internet access and in-flight communications for travelers. Other businesses that transmit data from near-Earth orbit include Eutelsat OneWeb, SES, and SpaceX.

Opportunities to develop hybrid connectivity solutions combining orbital and underwater Internet are presented by this unusual event. According to Rhys Morgan, regional vice president of Intelsat, customers can reconnect within 15 minutes if there are issues with the ground provider if they access the Internet through both undersea cables and satellites, SpaceNews was informed.

The time it will take to repair underwater cables is yet unknown. Experts, however, suggest it might take up to eight weeks. The satellites will be under a lot of strain at this time, and even if no emergency action is required, they might still be helpful.