Internet connectivity issue resolved
Seacom says it's now repaired a fault with a broadband cable that hit internet traffic across Africa.
JOHANNESBURG - African telecoms cable operator Seacom says it's now repaired a fault with a broadband cable that hit internet traffic across much of the continent.
Seacom's cable runs along the East African coastline, linking South Africa with Europe and Asia.
It confirmed the glitch affected connectivity for several hours.
Its 14,000 kilometre long cable sunk into the ocean bed, is one of five major undersea cables that have had a dramatic impact in accelerating Africa's access to international bandwidth in the past five years.
Writer at MyBroadband Jan Vermuelen explained, "There was nothing wrong with the undersea cable as such, there was something wrong with the breakout in London. With both those cables going down, internet service providers suffered, but we have five odd cables running into South Africa now so even if two cables go down, there is redundancy. It just seems as if those two cables are quite popular."