February 11, 2008 By Gina M. Scott
The undersea Internet cables reported severed on January 31st have been repaired, according to Flag Telecom.
The first cable which ran between Alexandria, Egypt and Palermo, Italy was restored a day ahead of schedule on Saturday, February 9th. Repairs on the second cable which ran between Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Al Seeb, Oman were completed Sunday, February10th.
The cable cuts caused severe Internet disruption across much of the Middle East and Asia. Flag reported that a large anchor weighing 5 metric tons (5.5 U.S. tons) severed the cable running from Dubai to Al Seeb. The cut in the Mediterranean is still being investigated.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.