Deep Sea Moves

Sri Lanka Telecom sought US$ 5 mn damages from an Indian vessel, which allegedly damaged its undersea international cable. Sri Lanka Telecom sought US$ 5 mn damages from an Indian vessel, which allegedly damaged its undersea international cable. The dominant carrier’s Internet and international call network came to a standstill late Saturday, after a ship’s anchor damaged its international link.

Hundreds of SLT’s email and Internet subscribers, plus international pre-paid card users who go through the VOIP (voice of internet protocol) network, are affected, an SLT official said Monday.

Over 800,000 subscribers using SLT’s internet, international dialling and data services will remain unconnected for another two days or so until a repair ship carries out its work.

City cyber cafés were also affected by the temporary interruption.

“We can’t set an exact time as to when the service will be up until we take the cable up to the deck of the ship to assess the damage. In the meantime a limited service is going through the SEA-ME-WE-II cable,” SLT’s Mahinda Herath said.

Vessels are usually not allowed to dr