‘Repairs on Undersea Cable Damage Might Take Long’ – Network Provider

The repair work on the submarine cable that was recently compromised might take up to five weeks, according to MainOne ( Internet Network Provider) on Friday.

Daily Report Nigeria reports that the network was disrupted on Thursday, impacting the Nigerian banking sector since MainOne is a vital internet service provider for the institutions.

MainOne’s initial investigation suggests that the fault was caused by an external event that resulted in a severance along the West African coast within the Atlantic Ocean, near Cote D’Ivoire.

The outage impacted the Nigerian banking sector since MainOne is a vital internet service provider for the institutions.

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As a result, several major Nigerian banks have been disconnected, causing disruptions in customers’ access to online banking services and USSD transactions.

MainOne offers its services to commercial and microfinance institutions, major telecom operators, ISPs, government bodies, businesses of various sizes, and educational entities.

The company has promised to expedite the repair process and promptly restore network connectivity to reassure its clientele during this inconvenient period.

It stated that the Atlantic Cable Maintenance and Repair Agreement will assist the company in repairing the submarine cable.

According to its statement released on Friday, the repair process includes inspecting and testing cable joints and carefully repositioning the cable on the seabed.

A vessel will be tasked with fetching necessary components from Europe to West Africa, a journey estimated to take approximately five weeks to complete, it added.

Submarine cable damages are frequently linked to human activities, such as fishing and anchoring, as well as natural phenomena like earthquakes and landslides.

However, MainOne considers human interference unlikely, given the fault’s location at a depth of about 3 km and its distance from the shore.

The company said:

Our preliminary analysis would suggest some form of seismic activity on the seabed resulted in a break to the cable, but we will obtain more data when the cable is retrieved during the repair exercise.”

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