This was said by DataCo PNG managing director Paul Komboi when he confirmed that the submarine cable break was cause by the earthquake 67km north of Lae.
"We are still trying to ascertain the full damage to our submarine cable system, but so far we can confirm that there are multiple cable breaks on PPC-1 (Pipe Pacific Cable-1) and KSCN (Kumul Submarine Cable Network) Systems 1 and 2.
"This disrupted internet and communication services to Momase, Highlands and Niugini Islands Regions of PNG. Work on restoration will start as soon as the full extent of damage is ascertained.
"Right now, we are requesting all our major customers to use their redundancy links as we also switch our services to satellite technology as redundancy.
"This will affect the quality of services to our customers, but we will continue to work towards full restoration and will update our customers on an ongoing basis on our restoration works," The National newspaper quoted Komboi.
In a news release, Digicel PNG said: "Due to the earthquake on Sunday, some customers particularly in Eastern Highlands, Lae and Kokopo may experience interruptions in services. Customers in other parts of the country may also experience intermittent interruptions in data service due to damage caused by the earthquake to the fibre network along the seabed."