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Undersea cable gets city guard

SHANGHAI launched its own marine surveillance department yesterday morning to patrol and protect the city's submarine fiber cable network during the World Expo.

Bai Tao, officer of Shanghai Marine Surveillance Team, emphasized the importance of protecting Shanghai's submarine fiber cable network under the city's territorial waters, mainly the East China Sea.

"If there is any accident to the cables, the whole city's Internet service might be paralyzed," Bai said yesterday.

Shanghai has China's largest submarine cable network, linking the Taiwan region as well as Japan and the United States, Bai noted.

Bai said ship anchors, construction, exploration, scientific experiments and marine research might all damage the undersea cables, and the team will prevent accidents.


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