Today is one of those work days where I’m catching up on administration; one of the joys of being a small business owner 😉
I’ve noticed recently that some overseas websites seem to be loading slowly so started to investigate. It appears that the Sea-Me-We 3 (South East Asia Middle East Western Europe 3) cable between Perth, Australia and Singapore is degraded (or not functioning at all). Fortunately, as the Internet was designed to be fault tolerant (thanks DARPA), traffic will merely be routed through other submarine cables. Of course this means that other international cables will have more traffic than usual and therefore web traffic will be slower. There is a new cable to be built in 2016 between Perth, Singapore and Jakarta which will add additional bandwidth and higher speeds between Australia and South-East Asia.
Sea-Me-We 3 includes 39 landing points in 33 countries and 4 continents from Western Europe (including Germany, England and France) to the Far East (including China, Japan and Singapore) and to Australia. Sea-Me-We 3
What’s quite funny (or interesting) is that the Sea-Me-We 3 website is designed primarily using tables (definitely not WordPress) and even has a notice on the bottom stating “best viewed with IE 5.0 and Netscape 6.0 & above. Screen resolution of 1024X768 pixels”. That’s a throwback to old times!