"Undersea Cable Damage": Man Explains Why Internet Speed is Slow But Google is Loading Fast

"Undersea Cable Damage": Man Explains Why Internet Speed is Slow But Google is Loading Fast

  • Over the past week, MTN and other telecom users in Nigeria have faced challenges trying to connect to the internet due to server downtime
  • A Nigerian man has taken the time to explain the reason behind the internet downtime being experienced across the country
  • Hire Oghenekaro shared how undersea cables could affect individual internet users when it is damaged

The internet downtime experienced across Nigeria and other West and East African countries is due to damage caused by an undersea cable cut.

However, many people do not understand how damage to undersea internet cables could affect their internet speed and cause disruptions in commercial services.

Undersea cable cuts disrupts internet.
Internet users in Nigeria groan after undersea cable cuts. Photo credit: X/Hire Oghenekaro and Getty Images/ sinology.
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A Nigerian man, who is knowledgeable about the workings of internet data cables laid under the sea, has offered a simple explanation.

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The man, Hire Oghenekaro, explained that without undersea cables, connecting billions of people over the World Wide Web would not be possible.

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He wrote:

"Think about it this way. If I have a Word document on my computer, and you connect your computer to mine using an Ethernet cable. You'll be able to see "Karo's computer" on yours, and open my folders to open that Word document that's on my computer.
"No wonder for everyone to be truly connected, all over the world, between continents and countries, we need to actually use cables. Fibre Optics cables. The whole world is connected with many cables running under the sea is how we have the world wide web... of cables.

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"So when you type in a URL and it doesn't open, it's because that server has been disconnected, cos it is in another country, and the cable connecting us together, has been damaged. So my browser, can't find the file."

Why is Google loading despite cable cut?

The man said servers such as Google are loading fast because they are hosted locally, but websites hosted on servers in other locations would be slow due to the undersea cable cuts.

He added:

"But Google is going? Well, while every server across the Atlantic might have been disconnected. Servers within the country are actually still connected. So any websites hosted locally on local servers should actually still open up."

See the full explanation below:

Reactions as man explains undersea cable cuts

@Maximusk44 said:

"Thank you for this… really learnt something new right now."

@Utymalor1 said:

"You did well. Thanks for the breakdown."

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MTN reacts to network downtime

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that numerous African nations experienced internet disruption on Thursday, March 14, due to multiple undersea telecommunication cables encountering failures.

MTN Group, a prominent network provider in Africa, attributed the continuing disruptions to failures in several vital undersea cables.

The outage has impacted international bank transfers and caused limitations on international voice calls.

Source: Legit.ng

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