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Ship on way to repair cables cut by quake

INTERNET users troubled by connection problem and slow speed can expect their system to return to normal within 45 days as a joint repair operation is under way to fix submarine cables damaged by the March 11 earthquake off Japan, a Chinese cable company said today.

A repair ship carrying 50 Chinese and foreign technicians left Shanghai port today for waters near Taiwan. They will spend about 45 days to reconnect three of a dozen cables on the seafloor using a robot. Other damaged cables will be repaired at the same time by teams from South Korea and Japan, the company said.

The repair work has been delayed due to concerns over aftershocks, the cable company said.

China's telecommunication authority said only a small number of users on the mainland are still affected by the damages. Internet services based on foreign servers are running normal via other submarine cables far away from Japan.


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