Monkeys eat Indian Internet

Indien hat Probleme mit dem Internet-Ausbau und der Verlegung der Glasfaser, weil Affen die Kabel fressen. Monkey see, monkey do:

monkeysYou can harden fiber-optic internet cabling against heat, ice, flooding, mold, and even crushing pressures. But apparently not monkeys. The cable's freshly extruded plastic casing is too damn alluring to resist an exploratory chewing session. The Indian government is learning this the hard way, as it installs roughly 435,000 miles of fiber-optic cable over the next few years. Their goal: accommodate another 150 to 175 million internet users while the nation's population continues to explode.

According to Reuters, the modernization project faces an especially tough time in the holy city of Varanasi. Cables can't be buried there, so workers simply laid them along the Ganges River. Oops, say writers Rupan Jain Nair and Timmy Wilkes:
"The monkeys, they destroy all the wires and eat all the wires," said communications engineer A.P. Srivastava.

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