FLAG Telecom: Undersea Internet cables around Mideast repaired

Two cuts in undersea Internet cables that caused wide outages across the Middle East and parts of Asia two weeks ago have been fully repaired and traffic on the cables has been normalized, cable owner FLAG Telecom said Monday. The UK-based company said on its Web site that repair ships completed work over the weekend on both the FALCON cable, cut in the Persian Gulf, 56 kilometers (35 miles) north of Dubai, between the Emirates and Oman, and also on the FLAG Europe-Asia cable, cut some 8.3 kilometers (miles) from the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on a sea route to Palermo, Italy. FLAG, which stands for Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe, earlier said that an abandoned anchor, discovered at the site of the Persian Gulf cut, was responsible for severing that cable but provided no details. The cut off the north coast of Alexandria is still being investigated, the company said