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New Sat-3 outage leads to Internet disruptions

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The need for redundant telecommunications routes along Africa’s west coast is becoming increasingly evident after the Sat-3 system went down for the second time in a fortnight on Tuesday, disrupting Internet services in SA.

A fault between Accra in Ghana and Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire caused the system to fail on 21 January. This time around, a power failure occurred on the section of the cable connecting Lagos in Nigeria and Abidjan.

“During planned maintenance by the Sat-3 consortium … a suspected power failure occurred … at 8.21am SA time which has seriously impacted Telkom traffic,” Telkom said in a statement. “The Sat-3 maintenance technicians are busy rerouting restorable traffic. This process commenced at 9.59am.”

Sat-3 connects SA with European cable systems in Portugal.  — Staff reporter, TechCentral

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