Marshall Islands businesses, colleges brace for a week with vintage internet

BY GIFF JOHNSON

Marshall Islands Correspondent

MAJURO, Marshall Islands — Nearly seven years of uninterrupted enjoyment of a submarine fiber optic communications cable comes to an end — briefly, it is hoped — in early November, forcing businesses, colleges and the U.S. Army to brace for the challenge of seven to nine days with little bandwidth.

The cable was installed in late 2009, linking Majuro, Ebeye and Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia with Guam and the outside world. The cable expanded bandwidth more than 30-fold, catapulting these islands — and the U.S. Army . . .

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