China Internet Cut Off

Well it is getting worse.

Is it the fact that the APCN-2 cable was severed in Taiwan again from the typhoon/earthquake?

Is it China Telecom with poor BGP? (Confirmed from our provider)

Is it the October 1st anniversary coming up?

Is it another batch of Edison Chen nude starlet photos doing the rounds?

Who knows… what I do know is that our private links to HK and then to the world are fine! Got to looove all the hard work those people in CANDIS put in to plan and manage against this VERY TYPE of thing for their clients.

Currently locally hosted sites work – but if this goes on like last time the cable was cut from the earthquake in 2007 – even they (local sites) will fail because DNS will fail because there are no root servers for DNS in China, most registrars are also not in China and well… you get the idea. No point being able to connect if you do not know where to connect!

14 Responses to “China Internet Cut Off”

  1. Aug18th2009
    1 Amir Aug 18th, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    I am in Beijing and from yesterday (17th August 2009) I am unable to access most of the websites including Yahoo. I don’t know what is happening here. Although Google is working, but I am unable to open most of the websites from google search results.

  2. Aug18th2009
    2 richard Aug 18th, 2009 at 11:44 PM

    Yup VERY Bad now. Seems that UNICOM/CNC is affected worst. This is probably due to the fact that CNC and China Telecom don’t peer freely and China Telecom owns/runs all the international gateway – and are giving their packets priority.

    But the main issue will be the DNS failure that will come soon (now) it happened in Jan 2007. People said “I am in China – and so is my server – I don’t buy your excuse for the failure”. Basically no one segment of the internet can be 100% cut off and work autonomously as DNS system will fail.

    The bigger problem now as we had clients from all over the world call in thinking that their servers are down is because the world outside of China really doesn’t know yet! As news gets out and more people know – then things become easier because you are not entering into every single support discussion with this rather major case of information asymmetry. “Uh the cable is broke dude!”.

    I hope that CNC/CT open up their peering (yeah right) and put DNS up in the QOS order, followed by SMTP, IMAP and POP and other basic network services so that business can at least continue.

    My WoW will have to wait though. 🙁

  3. Aug18th2009
    3 richard Aug 18th, 2009 at 11:49 PM

    Just had to kill my tweetmeme plugins as they make calls to those foreign sites (or make the viewers browser connect) thus rendering my site not 100% for China users… as HK (Where I host this) and China are still talking…

  4. Aug19th2009
    4 Frustated Aug 19th, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    I cannot access to yahoo or other important western sites.
    But to my GREAT SUPRISE….I can access all of them thru my PROXY service.
    HOw is this????

    Be prepared to be blocked till October and keep finding new Proxy servers in the meanwhile……….

  5. Aug19th2009
    5 rich Aug 19th, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    echo your thoughts…

    any ideas where we can get status on the repairs or reroutes?

    any workarounds for access to currently unaccessible sites?

  6. Aug19th2009
    6 peter Aug 19th, 2009 at 10:27 AM
  7. Aug19th2009
    7 kay Aug 19th, 2009 at 10:41 PM

    I live in beijing.
    I am unable to access to my hotmail account…
    is there any way to solve this..!?

  8. Aug19th2009
    8 richard Aug 19th, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    Is there a Hong Kong URL for hotmail? If so – try logging in there…..

  9. Aug20th2009
    9 rich Aug 20th, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    hey “frustrated” and all which proxy service do you use?

    i use stronvpn, and have been having success dialing into my premium server in hong kong. but this is a 30 USD/month service.

    Any proxy services you know that are free (excluding Freegate, because there is no Freegate for Mac)?

    thanks all,

  10. Aug20th2009
    10 kay Aug 20th, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Thank you for the info!

    For proxy, I use “ktunne”
    It’s working fine for me and it’s free.

  11. Aug21st2009
    11 Quatrains Aug 21st, 2009 at 12:04 PM


    I’ve been having problems getting access to overseas sites for roughly a week now and when I call China Unicom they simply say they have no idea when things will be back to normal.

    Do you have any past experience with problems like this in China? How long should I expect it to take for them to fix it?

    It is extremely frustrating. I am considering switching to China Netcom as I hear that their connections are not affected by the current situation. Can anyone confirm this?

    What I find extremely weird though, is that the day before yesterday my connection was almost back to normal – well it was still very slow but at least I was able to access overseas sites and, more importantly, play WoW.

  12. Aug21st2009
    12 Amir Aug 21st, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    Yahoo has started working today, but the overall internet speed is extremely poor. I’m using China Unicom’s internet service. Does anyone have any idea how long will it take to fully recover the whole system?

  13. Aug25th2009
    13 richard Aug 25th, 2009 at 11:30 PM

    I think we can all say now for the last few days that it is “solved”….

  14. Aug26th2009
    14 richard Aug 26th, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Some people still reporting slow speeds… seems not everyone is OK yet…

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