A strong earthquake (mag 6.7) struck off the coast of Taiwan on Xmas Day, creating one of the region' s biggest telecom outages. Mainly, many crucial undersea cables were cut, disrupting service in most countries. Repairing will need several weeks (time for repair ships to arrive), so regional operators had to borrow surplus transmission capacity from other operators and use satellite. But disorder will last for a while and once again highlights dependence on the telecom industry and the fragility of telecom networks. Internet services, data transmission and phone calls were slowed, if not cut, mainly hitting tech-savvy Asia (finance, industry, trade, ..).Regional operators, however, do not plan to invest in back-up networks, saying such events are rare enough, not to duplicate infrastructure.