JT (formerly Jersey Telecom) announced December 6 that it has completed repairs on the first of three submarine cables damaged by a ship's anchor (see "JT works to repair severed submarine cables"). The company expects the remaining two cables will be repaired this week as well.
"Today, the first of three cables that were cut by a ship's anchor last Monday was repaired by the specialist cable repair ship, CS Wave Sentinel, and we are now working with BT and Sure to bring the cable back into service," said Daragh McDermott, director of corporate affairs for JT, on December 6. "We completed splicing (joining) the fibers in the submarine cable this afternoon and we are now carefully bringing the cable back online, thereby increasing the levels of resilience we provide."
The crew of the Cable Ship Wave Sentinel performed the first cable's repairs; the ship's crew is now turning their attention to another cable about 100 km away. Meanwhile, a second cable ship, the Pierre de Fermat, began work on the other damaged cable. The Pierre de Fermat also has addressed other fiber-optic cables damaged in the incident, according to JT.
"We were able to move quickly to address this unprecedented issue and keep disruption to a largely unnoticeable, absolute minimum. Many people have been involved in keeping the islands connected but I would especially like to thank the engineering teams in Sure and JT for their hard work during this extremely challenging period, and our customers for their understanding," McDermott concluded.
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