SA internet connectivity hit by cable outages

2016-01-21 18:41 - Gareth van Zyl, Fin24
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Broadband internet. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)


Johannesburg - Outages affecting a terrestrial network in Egypt have disrupted internet connectivity in South Africa on Thursday.

In a statement, undersea broadband cable network Seacom, which connects from South Africa to Europe, said that it's experienced a disruption in the North African country.

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"Seacom is experiencing multiple outages on the terrestrial network across Egypt.  All our international connectivity through Egypt has been affected since 14:06GMT (16:06 South African time) on the 21st January 2016," said the company earlier on Thursday.

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Seacom, in an update, said it had located the outage linked to the terrestrial fibre cable in Egypt and fixed it, thereby restoring services on its network.

"The SEACOM terrestrial network was successfully repaired on the 21st January 2016 at 16:46 GMT (18:46 South African time)," said the company.

Meanwhile, technology website TechCentral has also reported that the West African Cable System (Wacs), which connects Yzerfontein north of Cape Town to London, has also experienced problems with a terrestrial connection in the UK.

Amid these issues, complaints of slow and inaccessible internet services in South Africa flooded social media websites such as Twitter on Thursday.

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