South Africans may notice a drop in their internet speed, leading to some frustration. This is because of undersea cable links going down.
According to My Broadband, the West Africa Cable System (WACS) has experienced a fault along its line. In addition, another cable, the South Atlantic 3 cable, has also broken down near Gabon. Both cables connect South Africa to countries in Europe and the UK.
This disruption has effected many large internet service providers (ISPs) including Webafrica, Afrihost, Axxess, and Mind The Speed.
“Users on the Afrihost network will experience slow access / intermittent access to international sites. Our network engineers are investigating with urgency. We apologize for the inconvenience caused,” said the company.
This is an unprecedented break, and the ISP’s are working to re-route users, while these issues are being sorted out.
“The unusual and simultaneous dual cable break has resulted in customers, that are connected to Openserve’s global capacity clients, experiencing reduced speed on international browsing. International voice calling and mobile roaming has also been impacted,” said Openserv in a statement.