WACS and SAT3 outage – South African ISPs respond

Many South African Internet users have been experiencing poor Internet speeds since last week, thanks to cable breaks on the WACS and SAT3/WASC submarine cables .

The WACS and SAT3/WASC cable systems are deployed in the Atlantic Ocean and connect South Africa and other African countries to Europe.

The WACS system lands in South Africa at Yzerfontein, Western Cape – while the SAT3/WASC system enters South Africa at Melkbosstrand, Western Cape.

Openserve said the unusual and simultaneous dual cable break has resulted in customers experiencing reduced speed on international browsing.

The company noted that it is always challenging to repair a broken cable in the ocean and that the repair time depends on weather conditions.

Process has started

Good news is that the process of repairing the broken cables has begun after the weather in Cape Town improved.

Adverse weather conditions had prevented the cable repair ship from departing to

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