Northern Marianas set to reconnect with outside world

10:13 am on 27 July 2015

A full telecommunications service is expected to be restored to the Northern Marianas this morning, nearly three weeks after the territory's sole fibre optic cable was severed.

CS Durable arrives in the CNMI

The CS Durable arrives in the Northern Marianas to fix the territory's only communications cable. Photo: Mark Rabago

The cable's owner and service provider, IT&E, says a Taiwan-based repair ship, the CS Durable, has worked around the clock to fix the cable after it arrived in Saipan last week.

Meanwhile, the CNMI's delegate to the US Congress, Gregorio Kilili Sablan, has thanked all those involved in restoring the service, saying many people and organisations had played significant roles.

Businesses have been severely affected by the communications blackout, which has cost the local economy at least 20 million US dollars.

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