Openserve says cable repair ship should depart by Wednesday

Gale force winds in the City of Cape Town have delayed a repair mission to restore internet connectivity, international voice calling and mobile roaming in South Africa.

The Leon Thevinin ship is currently stationed at a cable depot quay at Cape Town Harbour. It is being loaded with supplies to fix the two cable breaks affecting the South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT3/WASC) and the West African Cable System (WACS) according to a statement from Openserve.

“Once the loading is concluded the vessel will depart to the break location to undertake the repair. The Chief of Mission anticipates that all loading will be complete by the evening of Wednesday, 22 January, should all go according to plan,” said Openserve.

Sadly that is as much of an updated as the division of Telkom Group can share at the moment. That’s mainly due to the fact that the Chief of Mission will only be in a position to detail departure and arrival times once the load-in is complete.

“Actual restoration timelines can only be provided once the ship arrives at the break site and the crew has had time to assess the extent of the damage,” Openserve added.

For now then the update is there is no update and we’re still very much waiting for things to get moving.

Openserve has said that, following discussions with undersea cable consortiums, it is in the process of activating additional international connectivity capacity.

“This is in addition to the activation of spare capacity on Openserve’s own equity on the Indian Ocean based undersea cables. These measures will certainly minimise some of the impact on its network, and that of its clients, while repairs to the WACS and SAT3/WASC cable systems continue,” it added.


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