Operators are fixing undersea cables to restore full Internet service – NCC

By Ralph Tathagata
Following the continent-wide Internet service disruption in Nigeria and other countries, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said the cable operators have begun repair works and are gradually restoring services.
According to Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs, NCC, the cable operators promised to work round the clock to ensure that services are restored to the affected countries within the shortest possible time.
It would be recalled that there has been a continent-wide internet service disruption currently being experienced in Nigeria and other West African countries, including Ghana, Senegal, Cote de Ivoire, etc.
According to NCC, a combination of cable cuts, resulting in equipment faults on the major undersea cables along the West African Coast, have negatively impacted data and fixed telecom services in several countries of West Africa.
“The cuts occurred somewhere in Cote de’Ivoire and Senegal, with an attendant disruption in Portugal.
“Cable companies – West African Cable System (WACS) and African Coast to Europe (ACE) in the West Coast route from Europe have experienced faults while SAT3 and MainOne have downtime,” NCC said.
The Commission also revealed that similar undersea cables providing traffic from Europe to the East Coast of Africa, like Seacom, Europe India Gateway (EIG), Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE1), are said to have been cut at some point around the Red Sea, resulting in internet service downtime across these routes.


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