Damaged Cable Interrupts Internet Service in Five Latin American Countries

Susan Hall

An undersea fiber-optics cable that was damaged by accident left millions of people without Internet service in five Latin American countries, The Associated Press reports.


In Colombia, nearly half the country's 5 million Internet users had no service. Problems were also reported in Panama, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.


Nicaragua and Costa Rica providers reported backup systems delivered limited -- and slower -- service.


Columbus Networks, which owns the 6,250-mile Arcos network, reported the Wednesday rupture near Nicaragua. It said repair ships had been sent from Mexico and it hoped to have the cable fixed today.


It's the second problem for the company this month. On June 5, an Arcos cable near Venezuela was cut, but service was not interrupted.

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