Google will build a new subsea cable linking the US, the UK and Spain, further entrenching the technology giant’s role in global Internet infrastructure.
The West Africa Cable System has begun carrying traffic again after a cable break off the coast of England last week interrupted services between South Africa, and other African countries, and Europe.
A cable ship has been sent to fix the break in the West African Cable System off the coast of England. Repairs are expected to be completed on Saturday, 4 April.
Telecommunications operators and Internet service providers are working to find alternative routes after another break in the West African Cable System – the third this year – threatens to slow down Internet access in South Africa.
The West African Cable System has suffered another break – at the worst possible time for South Africa, with many people now relying on home broadband connections to work.
More than a month after freak simultaneous submarine cable breaks disrupted Internet access in South Africa and other African countries, international connectivity has been fully restored.
The cable breaks affecting international Internet connectivity to South Africa should be fully repaired in the coming days, according to the latest updates.
The Wacs cable system broke off the coast of Congo after it became trapped and embedded in dense and heavy sediment caused by the flow of turbulent waters in an undersea canyon.
Cable ship the Leon Thevenin is now running two days ahead of schedule with repairs to the Wacs and Sat-3/Wasc cable systems that were severed last month due to a suspected earthquake.
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