Report: Major submarine cable cut causing Internet disruption

by Isi Esene

Are you having telecoms network problems? Well, you might have to bear the disruption until the 24th of this month before you get some form of relief because there has been a reported incident 8km off the coast of Nigeria which is said to be the reason behind the disrupted telecommunications connection.

According to the Daily Times, a submarine cable cut from one of Nigeria’s major Internet gateways, Glo 1. This disruption will affect customers of ipNX, an Internet Service Provider in Nigeria.

The Glo1 is not the only provider affected, as South Atlantic 3 (SAT-3) service, provided by the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and offered to end users by 21st Century Technologies, is also affected.

Conglomerates including Total, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, banks and several blue chip companies including telecommunications giants, MTN Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria, Direct on PC (a broad band internet service provider) Multi-Links Telkom, and a few others use this link.

Some service providers have found alternative sources of connectivity which might not be as reliable as their original international Internet service provider like the Glo 1 and the SAT-3.

For those who have experienced slow download speeds and dismal inter-connectivity, this is, most likely, the source of the problem.

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