FG seeks review of international laws to protect undersea cables

The Federal Government, FG,  is seeking the review of international and regional laws to protect undersea cables. The Nigerian Government says it will engage countries like Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana and others to accelerate efforts in this direction.

Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, ‘Bosun Tijani, disclosed this in a post on X space on Sunday, noting that the unfortunate incident of the submarine cable cuts would help to build antifragility into Nigeria’s digital economy.

Since Thursday, telecommunications subscribers and bank users have been stranded as subsea cable cuts in the Atlantic Ocean offshore Cote D’Ivoire, along the coast of West Africa paralyzed digital transactions and internet communications. Mobile network operators like MTN and some banks have attributed the network outage to a subsea cable cut in the Atlantic Ocean.

Submarine cable company, Main-One, had said it might take up to two weeks to repair undersea cable cuts which disrupted internet services in Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal and other West African and East African countries in the last four days. The company had attributed the cut to fishing activities and anchoring in shallow waters near shore, natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, and then equipment failure.

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“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,” Main-One had said.

The minister, in his post commended the leadership of MainOne and telcos in their efforts to limit the impact of the cuts.

“This is also an opportunity for us to review international laws and collaborations to adequately protect undersea cables and I will be engaging regional and global bodies to accelerate efforts on this crucial agenda,” Tijani said.

He assured those experiencing disruption that the Nigerian Communication Commission is working with all key stakeholders to resolve the matter in the shortest possible time.

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