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    Two ships impounded in Dubai: Reliance Globalcom

    Mumbai (PTI): The Dubai Port Trust authorities have impounded two ships that are believed to be responsible for undersea cable damage which crippled internet services in India earlier this year.

    The Dubai authorities have impounded MV Hounslow and MT Ann when they reached Dubai shores, a Reliance Globalcom official said.

    The authorities impounded the ships after Reliance Globalcom provided details of the ships after studying the satellite images of the ship movements around the area of undersea cable damage.

    "The matter has been brought to the notice of appropriate authorities which are taking necessary action," the official said.

    In February, internet services across India were disrupted for two weeks because of cuts in undersea cable network of Flag Telecom, a subsidiary of Reliance Globalcom, off the northern coast of Egypt and UAE.

    The robust undersea cable was damaged because of jerks and force of the ship, the official said.

    In February, cables connecting India and Europe suffered damage because of the ships' anchors, the spokesperson said.

    As a next step, the Dubai Port authorities would call the owners and captains of the two ships for an explanation.


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