The vessel, the Ile D’Aix, should arrive at the “cable grounds” by Tuesday, 31 March.
This is according to the latest updates from Tenet, the Tertiary Education & Research Network of South Africa, which is a major user of Wacs bandwidth.
In a tweet on Monday morning, Tenet said the estimated repair date is Saturday, 4 April.
TechCentral reported on Saturday that Wacs had suffered another break — its third this year — at the worst possible time for South Africa, with many people now relying on home broadband connections to work during a three-week national lockdown.
Fortunately, the repairs look set to happen much quicker this time around. The previous breaks took over a month to fix after the departure of the repair ship, the Leon Thevenin, was delayed due to storms in Cape Town.
An earlier break on the smaller-capacity and older Sat-3 cable, which follows a similar route to Wacs along Africa’s west coast to Europe, has compounded the latest outage to some degree. The Sat-3 break, which is off the coast of the Republic of Congo, is now likely to be repaired on Thursday, 2 April.
In the interim, telecommunications carriers and Internet service providers are making use of diverse routes on other cable systems, including Seacom and the South Atlantic Cable System, or Sacs. — (c) 2020 NewsCentral Media