'Catastrophic failure' of NZ internet cable
Fri, 09 Nov 2012 3:45p.m.
The Labour Party says the cable system connecting New Zealand with the internet has suffered a "catastrophic failure" which shows how vulnerable the country's communication infrastructure is.
Southern Cross Cable Network is the Bermuda-based company that operates the figure-eight seafloor cable link between New Zealand, Australia and the United States, via Fiji and Hawaii.
The "catastrophic" failure - because of an unauthorised and un-notified software change - happened at the Alexandria landing station in NSW on Friday morning, said Labour communications and IT spokeswoman Clare Curran.
"We understand that partial service has been restored by reinstating old circuits via New Zealand. Full restoration is still being worked on."
A spokeswoman for Southern Cross in Wellington says the incident was not as drastic as Ms Curran claimed.
“In the early hours of this morning a limited outage affecting 10 percent of our active capacity occurred during our maintenance window which is a low traffic impacting period.
"The outage occurred at one of our Sydney cable stations, Alexandria, and it lasted from 3.17am – 4.28am, Sydney Time, impacting 4 of our customers. “
But Ms Curran says the incident shows the Government's inaction and disregard for international infrastructure could have catastrophic consequences for New Zealand.
A private plan to build a $400 million 13,000km fibre cable between Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles - dubbed Pacific Fibre - was abandoned in August due to lack of funding.
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14/11/2012 8:18:07 a.m.
@Alison If you feel dotcrim is so honest - invest with him.10,000's of EU investors can tell you all about how well similar investment worked for them in the past.As they say, "scam me once, shame on you. Scam me twice, shame on me." We have a international criminal with criminal records on two continents with a 3rd trying to extradict him. This is not some innocent business person. The only person dotcrim cares about is himself, and if he looks at a $400 mil cable, its because he can smell money in it for himself and its highly likely it wont be successful and he will just walk off with investors money - again!It would be like hiring HongKong Drug Triads to import Pharmac drugs! Would you have good enough quality control, and would you get more than you asked for in other drugs into the country at the same time? For a country, its better we dont risk this venture. Dotcrim has a worse history than Madoff, and Labour made such trusting investments thorugh ACC/Kiwisaver with Madoff losing billions!
11/11/2012 9:13:16 a.m.
@mike, Yes the outage did not affect many this time but have you the foresight to predict if it happens again and it is during our business hours how many will be affected and at what cost to business, hospitals etc? You scoff at Dotcom as a criminal on the words of what basis? He has had a coloured past, that no one is disputing, but when he has such a generous nature to his adopted country and is capable of bringing this project to fruition then maybe you should rethink his position. If or when he is ever found guilty of a crime then should be the time for comment or do you have a personal agenda here as you dislike the man? This govt has abandoned the idea as it cannot generate the funds. Dotcom has a viable plan and should not be discounted due to personal vendettas.
10/11/2012 12:41:50 p.m.
Lets look about. Did NZ even notice the failure?Reality is they didn't even notice, so it was the opposition crying wolf again.Dotcrim to the rescue? He chose Gabon to host his new scam, because Gabon has such support of human rights and he would feel so at home there. Best thing for NZ is for dotcrim to leave NZ and go someplace like Gabon or Nigeria where other internet scammers chose to operate from. This laterst scam by dotcrim isn't so different from a scam he pulled in the EU, and the EU investors in that lost millions while dotcrim profited.
10/11/2012 8:21:59 a.m.
The country have not voted for Labour and for them to give a left field report like this carries no weight, how do we even know the validity of her comments?
10/11/2012 3:33:26 a.m.
Aliasons right, it is the oppositions job to keep the party in power on their toes.
9/11/2012 10:12:27 p.m.
@braam, Labour may as well be our govt cos this lot dont know what they are doing. It is the duty of the opposition to highlight the current govts failings. If anything labour is too quiet. Especially with failings every day. No, labour has been showing too much restraint. Lets hope dotcom comes to the rescue with the cable. He is afterall a very capable nzer now and the cables only hope of going ahead.
9/11/2012 8:12:46 p.m.
Why is Labour giving comment here? They are not our Government. They will do anything to get free publicity.
9/11/2012 4:26:34 p.m.
For the 1st time in the last 41 years I agree with Labour, one hell of an admission. Labour is right this time - without saying why - but the fact is it is long overdue that telecom had a cojent opposition, a creditable alternative source to our links with the rest of the world. Telecom has held us up to ransom for far too long. We are paying probably the highest "charges" for extremely poor services from them. Bring on the opposition.
9/11/2012 3:51:15 p.m.
Is it a surprise to anyone. Customers get charged millions in line charges, most just get counted as profit.
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