NEW YORK Damage to a fiber-optic cable serving China disrupted telephone and Internet service throughout Asia yesterday.
Dave Johnson, a spokesman for AT&T Network Services, said the failure occurred in an underwater cable connecting Chongming, China, and Pusan, South Korea.
He said the cable is operated by an international consortium of nearly 80 telecommunications companies, including AT&T. Crews were heading to the suspected breakpoint, about 230 miles off the coast of China, and repairs could take days, Johnson said.
The failure affected some calls within the region, including Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, as well as calls between China and the United States that used that particular link, Johnson said. But he said most calls from the United States were going through normally.
At WorldCom Inc., spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said some Internet traffic had to be rerouted, causing some delays. The problem apparently began Thursday evening. AT&T first noticed disruptions about 7 p.m. Eastern time.
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