“Nigeria, Ghana”: Full List of African Countries Affected by Internet Outage and Its Severity

“Nigeria, Ghana”: Full List of African Countries Affected by Internet Outage and Its Severity

  • Internet outages in recent days have affected not only businesses but also commercial bank activities
  • According to reports, the service disruption is due to an undersea cable that cut in Ghana and disrupted internet across West Africa, including Nigeria and neighbouring countries
  • Not less than 13 African countries were affected by the development, as Mainone provided details of internet disruption across the African region

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Following the reported failures in multiple subsea cables, West and Central Africa regions are experiencing a widespread internet blackout.

List of countries affected by internet outages emerges
13 African countries have been affected by the submarine cable cut, leading to internet disruption. The issue may persist for three weeks. Photo credit: Khaichuin Sim/Getty Images, Ars Technica
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On Thursday, March 14, subsea cable providers were affected by major cuts to undersea submarine cables, disrupting internet traffic in parts of the continent.

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As reported by the BBC, the disruption extended to South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Cameroon, and Benin.

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The West Africa Cable System (WACS), the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE), MainOne, and SAT3 cables were affected. The disruption has so far impacted businesses significantly and disrupted the daily lives of citizens in the affected areas and regions.

Legit.ng reported that MTN Group and sources within MainOne disclosed the rupture of multiple major undersea cables on Wednesday, March 13, saying it was responsible for the internet connectivity disruptions.

Nigerian banks have been severely affected by the damaged submarine cables and subscribers of various network operators in the country, leading to internet downtime.

Countries affected by undersea cable cut

According to BusinessDay, here are the severity levels of affected countries;

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  1. Ivory Coast: Severe
  2. Liberia: High
  3. Benin Republic: High
  4. Ghana: High
  5. Burkina Faso: High
  6. Togo: Medium
  7. Cameroon: Medium
  8. Gabon: Medium
  9. Namibia: Medium
  10. Niger: Medium
  11. Nigeria: Low
  12. Lesotho: Low
  13. South Africa: Low

MainOne gives update on undersea cable repair

Legit.ng reported earlier that MainOne, a company providing digital infrastructure services in West Africa, announced that it may take an extra two to three weeks for a ship to collect replacement parts for submarine cables and journey from Europe to West Africa.

They stated that an external incident caused the network outage. Initial investigations revealed a cut in their submarine cable system off the coast of Cote D’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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