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24 Jun Posted by in Latest News | Comments
 

The holiday island of Formentera, just 6 kilometres off the coast of Ibiza, was plunged into technological darkness after a luxury yacht snapped a vital submarine cable on Tuesday 18th June 2013.

Formentera, home around 11,000 people, lost internet and voice connection after the anchor of a large luxury yacht broke the all-important voice and data carrying cable in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The incident happened about 1500m off the coast of Es Cubells in neighbouring Ibiza.

Formentera Island

“We don’t have internet or wifi, and many of the cash machines on the island are not working,”
Noelia Ferrer from Formentera’s Sa Volta hotel informed The Local.(an English language news site in Spain)

“That means tourists are having trouble accessing their money and we don’t know who is trying to book rooms with us. It’s a very difficult situation in the height of the tourist season.”

Ferrer also told The Local that her customers were “very surprised” that a yacht’s anchor could destroy the only cable providing internet to the island.

A spokesperson from telecommunications company Telefonica, meanwhile, said that a provisional service was already being set up.

“We have two radio links in place already,” Carlos Prieto explained to The Local.

He said that meant around 20 percent of the around 2,600 internet users on the island already had service. Critically, the island’s hospital now had coverage.  Prieto said more provisional services would role out in the next day or so, and that a cable laying boat was now en route from Sicily.

Normal service would be restored within a week, said the Telefonica spokesperson.

Yesterday the Balearic Islands Government issued a statement on Monday evening promising to guarantee a basic telephone service for Formentera during the outage.

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Author: George Mills (george.mills@thelocal.com)

Formentera Island

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