The Nigerian Communications Commission  (NCC) and Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) have confirmed the Internet disruptions across West Africa in separate statements.

According to Reuben Muoka, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs “a combination of cable cuts, resulting in equipment faults on the major undersea cables along the West African Coast have negatively impacted on data and fixed telecom services in several countries of West Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire. The cuts occurred somewhere in Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal, with an attendant disruption in Portugal.”

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Also, ALTON in statement jointly signed by Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo and Executive Secretary, Gbolahan Awonuga stated that the “unfortunate development has impacted on data and Internet service delivery by some of our members.”

IT Edge News had reported that Sub-Saharan African nations, including Nigeria and South Africa, were grappling with a substantial disruption in internet connectivity stemming from damage to undersea cables near Abidjan.


According the NCC “Cable companies – WACs and ACE in the West Coast route from Europe have experienced faults while SAT3 and MainOne have downtime.  Similar undersea cables providing traffic from Europe to the East Coast of Africa, like Seacom, EIG, 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. 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.”

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