CNMI rejoices at return to normal internet

3:43 pm on 27 July 2015

People in the Northern Marianas are celebrating the return of normal internet after a severed underwater cable was repaired yesterday.

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 work began early on Sunday to reconnect the fibre optic cable which was severed earlier this month.

The company says there may still be temporary interruptions to its service as the network is restored to its full capacity over the next few days.

A ship came from Taiwan to assist with the repair which is expected to cost IT & E 2-million US dollars, not counting the economic losses from the blackout.

Local business says millions of dollars has been lost due to the blackout which prompted local authorities to declare a state of emergency.

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