Two effective typhoons swept over the island of Hong Kong and mainland China late in August 2017, causing massive damage and resulting in 22 deaths. Now, Australian websites providers (ISP) are warning that injury to a few undersea cables which were inside path associated with the typhoon will more than likely cause difficulties with our internet.
iiNet and Internode, both TPG-owned providers, have actually stated that the cable breaks (the SEA-ME-WE3 cable specifically, found 54km off the shore of Hong Kong) will negatively impact traffic for six weeks.
Within the interim, traffic was temporarily routed through the United States while submarine groups start repairs, offering a “tentative fix completion of 13th October 2017”, based on the alert sent by the ISPs.
What about me personally?
What this signifies for the consumer usually, if you are using either iiNet or Internode services you will probably encounter dips in rate, slower loading webpages, or latency when video gaming online or viewing movie streaming services.
Although there is an predicted repair time, the alert from ISPs additionally cautioned that “these dates tend to change as time passes as a result of nature of subsea repairs”, therefore there’s every possibility that the latency could last even longer.