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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Internet Connectivity Across Africa Slows After Undersea Cables Break

A series of subsea cable outages has knocked out or degraded internet connectivity in several countries across Africa. 







Internet users across more than a dozen sub-Saharan African nations experienced slow service after two undersea cables to the continent’s western coast were damaged this week.


The so-called WACS and SAT3/WASC cable systems are in the Atlantic Ocean and connect South Africa and many other African countries to Europe, according to Openserve, a unit of South Africa’s biggest fixed-line telecommunications provider, Telkom SA SOC Ltd. One break is near Libreville in Gabon and the other is in the vicinity of Angola’s capital, Luanda, Openserve said in an emailed statement.


At least 12 countries besides South Africa and Nigeria were affected to at least some degree. The cause isn’t yet known but Bloomberg.com gathers that a ship has been sent from Cape Town to repair the cables, so a stronger internet service should be expected any moment.

13 comments:

  1. Oh OK.....mine was not though

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    1. Yay! They should stop using end time cables.

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  2. So this explains why my mtn internet service has been slow and somehow frustrating.
    I got an SMS from mtn saying thank you for being patient with them

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  3. Has internet facility in Naija ever been good?

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  4. After apologizing for the bad network service, they didn't even bother to compensate their customers with data despite how they drain it from us.

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    1. They did. MTN gave me 500mb for the inconveniences

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  5. Yeah
    Cos I couldn't understand why it seemed to be that most African countries was experiencing the slow network,
    My friends complained about their service providers as well.

    Thanks Stella for bringing this on here.

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  6. Oh! Now I understand. Mtn network has been terrible. It's better today though.

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  7. I can't download or send pics via WhatsApp. Guess this explains it

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    1. It's cause you don't have data and you're using free mode

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  8. This explains why Mtn has been so slow.

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  9. So much for their trusty satellites in 'space', everything is actually ground based

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