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Nigeria, Ghana businesses still suffering impacts of recent submarine cable cut

Though there are indications that the recent deep-sea broadband fibre cut somewhere within the trans-Atlantic coast may have been fixed via massive drive by MTN Group, checks by Business Hilights Intelligence Unit (BHIU) indicate that a lot of data based activities in mega companies are still not at full speed.

Both in Nigeria and Ghana and parts of Senegal and Liberia, there had been complaints of poor service deliveries by customers which had been traced to issues linking the fibre cut.

Recall that the Internet service disruptions were said to have been caused by damage to the West African Cable System (WACS), a submarine cable network serving Nigeria and some West African countries.

The WACS, a high capacity fibre optic submarine cable which links Europe, West Africa and South Africa, connects 14 countries in two continents.

Amongst key sectors of the economy seriously affected include banking, aviation and several internet-based services providers’.

For instance, internet hitches being experienced across Nigeria and other aviation hubs of West Africa are making it difficult for prospective travellers to book their trips online.

Across major cities in West Africa including Lagos, Abuja, Accra and Monrovia, subscribers were still experiencing difficulties with the Internet as at Thursday.

Additional checks showed that apart from MTN, there are indications that subscribers of other telecommunications networks are also grappling with slow Internet connections.

The yet to settle scenario seems to have affected those trying to make online transactions, including booking trips ahead of the travel dates and making online payments to some huge traffic pay portals.