Recent disruption to internet services in Tunisia was caused by damage to the Hannibal submarine cable linking the nation with Italy, according to local news reports. The fibre-optic link, one of the three submarine systems currently connecting to Tunisia’s infrastructure, was reportedly damaged by trawlers fishing off the coast of Mazzaro, which is home to the cable’s Italian landing station. Tunisie Telecom (TT) has begun work to restore the cable, and expects repairs to be completed by early next week. Tunisia is also served by two other submarine cables, SEA-ME-WE 4 and the TT/Telecom Italia-owned Trapani-Kelibia cable. As previously noted by CommsUpdate, a fourth cable, dubbed ‘Didon’, is set to be ready for service in April 2014 and will run from Kelibia to Mazzara de Vallo in Sicily.
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