Telecoms & IT

Coastal Road: Telcos Seek Engagement with FG to Re-route Submarine Cables

Telecoms operators (Telcos) have called on the federal government to immediately engage with them for proper mapping and relocation of the submarine cables that were laid beneath the earth surface at the Lagos axis of the proposed Lagos-Calabar coastal road.

They are worried that the cables could be damaged, and internet connectivity disrupted when the Lagos-Calabar coastal road construction begins.

According to them, several submarine cables like SAT-3, MainOne, Glo 1, WACS and ACE, which came from Europe, covering thousands of kilometres, with landing stations in Lagos, are likely to be damaged if they are not re-routed before the commencement of construction work on the proposed Lagos-Calabar coastal road.

The Telcos warned that if the submarine cables were not properly relocated before commencement of the road construction, it would likely cause serious damage to the cables and disrupt internet connectivity across the country.   At a recent meeting between members of the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and the Federal Ministry of Works, which held in Lagos, and led by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Olukorede Keisha, ATCON members drew the attention of the federal government to the current challenges there are facing with SAT3 submarine cable that was improperly relocated during the construction of Eko Atlantic City in Lagos.

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