Egypt Internet Service Improving After Cables Cut

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CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's Internet service is back up to 60 percent capacity after being almost entirely knocked out when several undersea cables were cut, the country's Communications Ministry said Saturday.

Internet traffic has been shifted from the damaged Mediterranean cables to alternative service providers using cables in the Indian Ocean, the ministry said.

The ministry also said that Italy will send repair ships to the area near Sicily where the three Internet cables' were severed Friday.

Repair work may take up to a week, and the ministry said it expects the country to be at 85 percent capacity by Sunday.

The cause of the cut was not immediately known. Throughout Egypt, Internet access was sporadic or nonexistent Saturday morning, but seemed to improve in the early afternoon.

It was the second large-scale Internet outage in Egypt this year. Undersea cables were also damaged in January, causing outages in the Mideast and India.

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