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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 29: The Communication and Information Regulatory Authority (CITRA) has confirmed the restoration of Internet service after the cutting of Falcon submarine cables early morning Friday, reports Al-Qabas daily. In a press statement, the authority disclosed that the problem was solved within a short period by using other international routes and cables in cooperation with the Internet service providers. The authority cited the report of GCX Company that owns the cables, stating one of the cable cuts occurred 183 kilometers from the city of Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman going towards Iran; while the other was 50 kilometers from Muscat going towards Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in addition to the Yemeni station which has been out of service due to military operations.
The company has started repair works, but the completion period will be determined only once the ship arrives at the sites of the cable cuts — outside the Arabian Gulf going towards Europe. Communications between member-nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) within the Arabian Gulf were not affected, the authority explained. According to the authority, it has opened the door for investors to apply for licenses to install new international land and sea cables since March 2021.