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Undersea cable damage fail to affect IT & ITeS industry - FICCI
Feb '08
While the damage caused to two undersea cables in the Mediterranean may have created a flutter among the internet users in different parts of the world, operations of several firms in the world's leading destination for offshore outsourcing are running as usual.

A quick survey conducted by FICCI among members of the Indian IT and ITeS industry shows that a majority of service providers felt no impact of the sudden disruption in the international undersea cables close to Egypt's Alexandria coast.

Many of the companies, contacted by FICCI, reported that there was no substantial loss as they were using robust technology and had put in place redundancy plan that allows them to pick up extra bandwidth from multiple services providers.

While multiple routes of connection and tie-ups with multiple services providers saved the day for several companies, a few cases of severe work restriction were also reported.

Although FICCI could contact only a small number of companies and the sample is not exhaustive, we could clearly identify the Indian IT and ITeS industry in three categories of varying disruption.

One, large high technology oriented companies that felt no impact of the disruption. Two, small to medium sized companies with a single source of bandwidth supplier and which are adversely affected.

Three, companies that have adopted flexible work schedules for their employees and therefore while workers operating from office are facing no problems, people working from home are facing difficulties due to the slowdown in the home Internet connection.

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