Undersea cable Cuts disrupt data, voice services along African West Coast

The Nigeria communications Commission (NCC) has disclosed that 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.

Penpushing report that Director, Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka made this known on Thursday in a statement explaining that the cuts occurred somewhere in Cote de’Ivoire and Senegal, with an attendant disruption in Portugal

The statement added that affected countries include Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Cote de Ivoire, among others, explaining that 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.


Penpushing further reports that Muoka stated 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 degradation of services across on these routes.

‘In Nigeria and other West African countries, Internet access and speed have experienced disruptions in the networks of service providers in the affected countries.  Operators of these cables have commenced repairs already, and services are gradually being restored’, he wrote.

‘They have promised to work round the clock to ensure that services are restored to the affected countries within the shortest possible time. It is important to bring this information to the knowledge of corporate and individual consumers on these services’, Muoka added

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