A remote island in Scotland is experiencing significant telecommunications and internet services disruptions after a deep-sea internet cable has been damaged.
According to Scottish officials, the shetland islands (located between Scotland’s mainland and Norway) are experiencing widespread internet and phone outages after a deep-sea internet cable was “sliced.”
In a statement, the superintendent of police for Scotland, David Ross, said, “We are working with partners to ensure people across Shetland have access to emergency services. Officers and vehicles from across Scotland are being sent to assist until normal service is resumed. They will be ready to be deployed on Friday and will remain as long as necessary.”
Reports from the ground indicate that the deep-sea internet cable was accidentally damaged after a boat was operating above the internet cable.
Maggie Sandison, a senior official from the Shetland Islands, said that they expect internet and cellular service to be restored by Sunday.