HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- A break in an undersea cable has disconnected the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands telecommunications with Guam and the rest of the world.
The Guam Pacific Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1CZCFzE ) telecommunication company IT&E said the undersea cable link was cut shortly after midnight Wednesday.
The outage has cut phone, banking, Internet, and other communications. It has also affected credit-card purchases, withdrawals from ATMs, and all other communications that go through the CNMI's only fiber-optic cable connection to the outside world.
The only way to call Saipan is through satellite phones, including one at IT&E's Saipan office and at certain government agencies.
A temporary hotline number has also been set up on Guam. Call 922-4415 for details.