Houthis may cut remaining undersea internet cables at the bottom of the Red Sea

The escalation of the conflict in the Red Sea poses a significant threat to the global Internet infrastructure. The situation has escalated after attacks carried out by Yemen's Houthis increased the risk to undersea cables lying at the bottom of a narrow strait in the southern Red Sea, which are key to carrying internet traffic between Europe and East Asia.

On February 24, three submarine cables suddenly stopped functioning, causing service disruptions in India, Pakistan, and parts of East Africa. Although no country was completely cut off from the Internet, the quality of web services in these regions deteriorated significantly.

Seacom, which owns one of the damaged lines, highlighted the complexity and the need for significant logistical coordination to restore the cables. It is added that due to the increased danger in the area, the process of laying new lines becomes especially risky and expensive. At the beginning of the year, the cost of insurance for cable ships operating near Yemen rose to $150 per day.

Such costs could jeopardize the tech giants' initiatives to expand global Internet connectivity. Projects such as the Google-backed Blue Raman system and the company's 2Africa cable passing through the disputed region face significant challenges.


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