It has been announced that the cable system running along the West Coast is in full swing, this breakage has been the cause of slow internet connectivity speed in South Africa which started on the 16th of January 2020.
On the 16th of January, three concurrent breaks had been reported on the two cables which resulted in slow internet for the majority of South Africans. The South Atlantic 3 (SAT-3) undersea fibre cable was damaged near Libreville, Gabon, while the West Africa Cable System (WACS) was damaged near the Congolese Coast caused by the flow of turbulent waters in an undersea canyon.
The repair ship made its way to the Coast of Ghana and started the power-related (shunt fault) repair on the WACS cable and the last report from the company stated that the repair would be finished by the 25th February 2020.
As part of the “internal close-out procedure”, Openserve stated that they will analyse the impact of the dual break on their international connectivity volume. This analysis will be conducted in order to minimise and mitigate future risks should similar events take place in the future.
The internet speeds should be back to normal for South Africans, giving businesses back the through-put they have been desiring over the last few weeks where internet speeds were heavily affected by the breakage.