Customers of ipNX, an Internet Service Provider in Nigeria, have experienced a disruption of their Internet supply caused by a submarine cable cut from one of Nigeria’s major Internet gateways, Glo-1.
This disruption will affect Internet access across the country 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, all the 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 SAT-3 link.
The incident occurred on July 8, 2012 in the Atlantic ocean, 9km off the Nigerian coastline. Repairs on this cable are estimated to take about 16 days (from July 8).
Some Service Providers have routed to other sources of international Internet capacities and have continued to provide services, but have however mentioned that at certain times of the day, Internet download speeds may not be as fast as customers might hitherto be used to.