Ghana’s submarine cables are repaired | SubTel Forum

The NCA announced the completion of repairs to damaged submarine cables, restoring internet connectivity in Ghana.By GhanaWeb
May 20, 2024

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has revealed that repairs to the recently broken undersea cables, which caused a complete internet shutdown in the country last March, have been completed.

NCA Director-General Dr Joe Anokye said work on the four damaged cables was completed between April 6 and May 8, 2024.

He made the announcement on Friday during the celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2024 in Accra.

The theme of the conference was “Digital innovation for sustainable development”.

On March 14 this year, Ghana’s data services were disrupted due to damage to an undersea cable.

All four submarine cable landing service providers in Ghana (ACR, MainOne, SAT-3 and WACS) were disconnected from international data services, resulting in a complete internet shutdown.

Dr Anokye said the repair work on the broken cables has been completed and internet services have been fully restored.

According to submarine cable service providers, the four cable faults were discovered near the junction with Le Trou Sans Fond Canyon, an underwater canyon off the coast of Abidjan.

Dr. Anokye stated that the SAT-3 cable was restored on April 6 and the ACE cable on April 17, 2024.

“The WACS cable was repaired on April 29, 2024 and repairs to the MainOne cable were completed on May 8, 2024,” he added.

Dr Anokye indicated that the Authority had begun implementing the country’s satellite services policy framework to mitigate the effects of the recent disruptions caused by damaged submarine cables.

This would allow the public to access innovative satellite services in addition to those available on the ground.

“This will improve the resilience of the country’s connectivity, considering the recent interruption of submarine fiber optic cables on March 14, 2024,” he stressed.

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, called for collaboration between institutions such as the Bank of Ghana, NCA, NITA and the Data Protection Commission to address the identified challenges and strengthen the digital environment.

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