MainOne cable back in full operation

MainOne’s cable from Portugal to West Africa is now in full operation again after a service interruption caused by a seabed landslide.

MainOne said in its technical report that the outage occurred on its Submarine Fiber Cable System on Sunday June 18 at a location in international waters in the Atlantic Ocean, outside the territorial waters of Senegal.

With the assistance of the Atlantic Cable Maintenance and Repair Agreement (ACMA) the cable layer ship “Pierre De Fermat”, was deployed from Brest in France to Portland, United Kingdom, where it picked up MainOne spares including cables, a spare repeater and jointing materials and then journeyed to the repair location.  Visual inspection of the retrieved cable then confirmed the probable cause of some sort of landslide on the sea bed which trapped and crushed the cable. The cable was spliced and tested, and all services have now been restored.

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