The WACS (West Africa Cable System) undersea cable, which is critical to South Africa connection with the world, has been fixed.
The South African National Research and Education Network (NREN) confirmed that the cable had been repaired on Saturday morning.
WACS Outage Update: We have had final confirmation that the WACS repairs are complete and everything is according to specification. This matter is now resolved from an SA NREN perspective.
— SA NREN Operational Updates & Alerts (@RENAlerts) April 4, 2020
Last week Tuesday, TENET, which is the operating partner of the South African national research & education network (SA NREN), said it detected the break.
The break affected South Africa’s internet speed.
The last time South Africa was affected by a major cable break was in January, which also involved the WACS international link going down.
Last Wednesday, Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, announced that it had mitigated network outages due unexpected loss of connectivity following a recent break-in the WACS undersea cable.
“To help ensure continuity of service, Liquid Telecom’s network traffic is automatically re-routed during such outages. We are responding to new and increased demand from customers with additional capacity across alternate routes,” said Reshaad Sha, CEO Liquid Telecom South Africa.
“Liquid Telecom operates a five-cable system for our international internet capacity in South Africa. Our resilient architecture means the loss of the WACS capacity is unlikely to impact customers’ connectivity as demand surges.”