India and countries across the Middle East are experiencing severe internet outages and slowdowns, after two undersea cables off the coast of Egypt were damaged. India's lucrative outsourcing industry is being hit hard, and companies that serve the East Coast of the US and Britain have been impacted the most.
Many multinational companies outsource customer service operations, research, and development, and back office work to India. These operations obviously rely on the internet. Phone and television service have also been hit. The outage may strike a blow to India's stock exchanges.
Traffic is being rerouted to satellites and other cables. Officials say it could take a week or more to fix the cables, one of which stretches from Alexandria, Egypt to Palermo, Italy. The outage reveals how literally interdependent and connected our globalized world has become. The internet has become the essential business tool, and many basic operations cannot move forward without a reliable connection.
How long could you function without the internet?