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The global Internet will slow down over the next 30 days;  Understands

The global Internet will slow down over the next 30 days; Understands

Earlier this month, there was a possibility of a global internet outage due to ruptured submarine cables in the Red Sea. Although this situation does not have a direct impact on communications in Brazil, it is important to understand that the Internet is an interconnected network and therefore affects the entire world.

Therefore, over the next 30 days, website access speeds are expected to decrease significantly, especially those hosted outside of Brazil. The Asian region will be particularly affected, as three marine cables were damaged in a military action attributed to the Houthis, a group with ties to Iran that is active in Yemen, in conflict with the United States.

According to Angola Cables CTO, Lucinildo Junior, whose company built the first submarine fiber optic cable between Africa and South America for data transmission, “A failure like this affects the entire Internet“.

“The cables are interconnected. Redundancy paths have been activated, but there are consequences. Europe, for example, is diverting traffic to Los Angeles in the US, which then heads to Asia. The Internet is working, but it is overloaded. Traffic has been affected here in South America. Demand for Fortaleza, where we have 17 submarine cables, is much greater, says the CTO.

Lucinildo Junior explains that a large portion of international internet traffic to Asia is transported by submarine cables operated by Angola Cables, via South Africa, to reach Singapore. “This is a much longer route than the traditional route. This means that the latency in data movement increases. It's like going to a place on the longest road. Will he arrive? It will happen, but it will take much longer“, explains the details.

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According to the expert, data from the United States is transmitted from the interconnection point in Miami to Fortaleza (via the Monet cable). From there, it is sent to the interconnection point in Luanda (via the South Atlantic Cable System, SACS). In Europe, the same procedure is followed, with data sent to Luanda, along the west coast of Africa (via the West African Cable System, WACS).

The desalination plant in Praia do Futuro, in Fortaleza

For Lucinildo Junior, the work represents a clear danger to submarine cables, highlighting that “Nowhere in the world is there a similar project close to submarine cablesHe also comments that the factory's 500m distance from Praia do Futuro has no effect.

“The sea has its own peculiarities, its currents and other variables. Once again: nowhere in the world is there a desalination plant next to submarine cables. “In Australia and Israel, the plants are very far from the cables and populated areas,” Lucinildo Jr. adds.

He also drew attention to the possibility of a power outage in Brazil if a submarine cable is broken. “A possible tear in the fortaleza will take longer to correct. The closest restoration team is in Curacao, in the Caribbean. If one of the 17 cables fails, there is a high probability of an Internet outage in Brazil“, he points to.

With information from my operator