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LTA Announces Scheduled Internet Shutdown for Essential Maintenance

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has announced a planned internet shutdown as part of critical maintenance on the ACE Submarine Cable network. This scheduled maintenance is essential to ensure the continued reliability and performance of the optical fiber cable that connects Liberia and its neighboring countries to the global internet infrastructure.

Details of the Scheduled Shutdown

The Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL) has indicated that the repair work will focus on Segment 2.1 of the ACE Submarine Cable, which lies between Dakar and Abidjan. According to the release signed by Henry W. Benson, Chairman and CEO of the CCL, the shutdown will occur on 31st May 2024, starting at 00:01 UTC and will last until 10:00 UTC. This 10-hour window is necessary to carry out the essential maintenance.

Impact on Internet Services

During the repair period, internet traffic transiting through ACE Segment 2.1 will be completely halted. This includes all data traffic from Monrovia, Abidjan, Freetown, Conakry, and Banjul to Europe. Users in these regions should prepare for a temporary loss of internet connectivity throughout the maintenance window.

Why This Shutdown is Necessary

The scheduled internet shutdown is a critical step towards maintaining the integrity and reliability of the ACE Submarine Cable network. Regular maintenance helps prevent unexpected disruptions and ensures a stable and robust internet connection for Liberia and its neighboring countries. This proactive measure by the CCL highlights their commitment to delivering reliable and high-quality internet services.

Conclusion

While the temporary internet shutdown may cause inconvenience, it is a necessary measure to ensure the long-term stability and performance of the network. The Liberia Telecommunications Authority and the Cable Consortium of Liberia appreciate the understanding and patience of all users during this period.

Be prepared for the scheduled internet shutdown on May 31, 2024 and stay connected with the LTA for updates and support.

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