What caused the damage to SEA-ME-WE 5?

Reports suggest that damage to the SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system occurred in the straits of Mallaca, causing internet disruption in South Asia.

“My impression based on the report of a temporary outage followed by the current long term outage is that the cable experienced a shunt fault where water penetrated the polyethylene insulation. The repeaters were able short term to compensate but the electrical short grew over time and the connection to the very important Tuas CLS in Singapore was completely lost,” speculated Roderick Beck, who sells subsea capacity to carriers for United Cable Company.

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