Bayobab Group Restores Operations After Subsea Cable Disruptions

Bayobab Group, a subsidiary of MTN Group, has successfully restored its operations following subsea cable disruptions that occurred on Thursday, the telecom operator announced in a statement on Tuesday.

Despite the challenges posed by the cable disruptions, MTN’s subsidiary swiftly recovered over 3 Terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity across its footprint, demonstrating its capabilities in network resilience. Through efficient rerouting of traffic and the activation of new cables, the company bolstered its network resilience, ensuring the continuity of services for its customers.

The statement highlighted the company’s commitment to prioritizing network reliability and its dedication to connecting Africa and its customers as quickly as possible. Bayobab’s ecosystem facilitates secure and scalable global traffic within Africa and the rest of the world, serving 19 MTN markets, third-party Mobile Network Operators, Technology corporations, and other Telecoms Service Providers.

Last Thursday’s cuts to the undersea cable supplying broadband Internet connectivity to Nigeria and countries in the West African sub-region had forced many banks, financial institutions, telecom companies, and allied firms to scale down their operations. Cable companies affected included the West African Cable System, African Coast to Europe, SAT3, and MainOne, all reporting downtime due to the cable cut.

However, over the weekend, telcos, banks, and other financial institutions rerouted their traffic to alternative service providers to mitigate the impact of the disruption. The Nigerian Communications Commission announced on Monday that services had been restored to approximately 90 per cent of their peak utilization capacities.

Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, Gbenga Adebayo, expressed optimism that services would be fully restored soon, emphasizing the common occurrence of network planning strategies to address such disruptions.


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