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China to Boost Preparation for Int'l Telecom Outages

Beijing Business Today, 2/01/10

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued a formal notice requiring that China's three major telecom operators enhance security management for international telecom network operations, "reasonably allocate" international telecom service volume, and strive to balance incoming and outgoing load on international connection points, such that the international voice and Internet service volume from any given city does not exceed 50% of the city's total volume for respective services.

The MIIT has required that telecom operators refine international telecom security contingency plans and strengthen security drills for emergency and non-emergency network conditions. In principle, international telecom service nodes for all major services should be instantly switchable; for those nodes that cannot be instantly switched out, efforts should be made to minimize the time required for data reconfiguration.

Additionally, all telecom operators are to thoroughly organize load-bearing conditions for all international voice and Internet services carried by international submarine cables, to weed out any potential security hazards, and make adjustments accordingly, to reduce the potential impact of cable damage caused by earthquakes and typhoons.

Keywords: regulation Internet cable security telecom MIIT

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