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June 17, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

As if the Japanese timeservers in the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications were not enough to contend with, Cable & Wireless has another menace to battle in its attempt to girdle the earth with fibre optic cables – sharks… that’s right, sharks: they find the soft fibre optic cables irresistible and are playing havoc with the Pacific cable – and one bite takes a week or more to repair, costs $250,000, the tiny strands of glass fibre are never the same afterwards and the engineers are baffled as to why the sharks love the cables so much when they ignore the old copper ones.

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