South Africa’s Slow Internet Could Be Back to Capacity by 4 April – After Two Undersea Cable Faults

South Africa’s slow internet could be back up and running to full capacity by 4 April after new faults on the SAT-3 and WACS submarine cablesBy Business Insider South Africa
March 30, 2020

  • South Africa’s slow internet could be back up and running to full capacity by 4 April.
  • The Ile D’Aix is making steady progress along the English Channel toward the site cable break of the West African Cable System (Wacs), says the South African National Research & Education Network.
  • This along with a second break along the South Atlantic Telecommunications (SAT-3) has led to slow internet over the weekend. The Leon Thevenin is currently doing repairs to this break.
  • ISPs have in the meantime rerouted traffic to other sea cables.
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* This is a developing story, last updated at 08:30 on 30 March 2020.

South Africa’s slow internet could be back up and running to full capacity by 4 April.

The outages have inconvenienced South Africans who are trying to work from home, after the country went into lockdown on Friday to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The Ile D’Aix is making steady progress along the English Channel towards the site of the cable break of the West African Cable System (Wacs), says the South African National Research & Education Network (NREN).

This, along with a second break along the South Atlantic Telecommunications (SAT-3) off shore Congo, has led to slow internet over the weekend.

Repairs to this break are currently underway by the Leon Thevenin, which operates from Cape Town. Its estimated repair date is 2 April.

The SAT-3 fault is located in a similar area to a previous break in January, which was apparently caused by a short circuit. This was due to intense pressure from being trapped under heavy sediment carried by the flow of turbulent waters from the Congo River into the submarine canyon where the cable runs.

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