Seacom cable goes down – again

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Seacom, one of the major companies that connects Africa’s internet to the rest of the world, has suffered another outage, the second in as many weeks.

The company said that it’s connection between Egypt and Europe has suffered a “critical outage”.

“SEACOM is experiencing multiple outages on the terrestrial network across Egypt. All our international connectivity through Egypt has been affected since 06:00GMT on the 28th January 2016. Repair teams are on site. SEACOM continues to monitor the situation closely and will provide necessary updates,” the company said in a statement.

When parts of the cable broke last week, it took a number of hours to fix, and it affected internet traffic in South Africa, making connections and browsing a lot slower than usual.

That break was made worse by the fact that on the West coast of Africa, the WACS (West Africa Cable System) cable also had an interruption in service.

“With the west coast experiencing an outage at the same time, international connectivity at many of these service providers failed or was degraded while we worked to repair the faults in Egypt,”Seacom told Tech Central. “It was coincidental that an outage on a terrestrial link in the UK, which connects the West Africa Cable System or Wacs landing station there with a data centre in London, led to downtime along that route.”

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.