You may have experienced Slow Internet speeds in South Africa and here is why. There has been a reported cable break in the West Africa Cable System (WACS) cable.

The break is said to have taken place between the UK and Portugal in the early hours of Saturday morning. There is good news however and that is that this should be fixed by the 4th of April. Local ISP’s are however also rerouting internet Traffic to improve your online experience.

This WACS fibre cable consists of four fibre pairs is 14,530 km in length. It is a submarine communications cable linking South Africa with the United Kingdom. It runs along the west coast of Africa, links from Yzerfontein in the Western Cape of South Africa, just north of Cape Town, to London in the United Kingdom.

Read this article on IT Web which explains more about the West Africa Cable System (WACS) cable repair attempt underway.


There is another cable called the SECOM Cable, this is a cable that runs down the East coast of Africa. See Seacom network map above ( Image Credit to SEACOM )

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