African telecoms cable operator Seacom said it had repaired a fault with a broadband cable that hit Internet traffic across much of the continent on Jan 21. Seacom’s cable runs along the east African coastline linking South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique with Europe and Asia.
“The Seacom terrestrial network was successfully repaired,” the company said in a statement on its website. Seacom said in a statement earlier on Jan 21 that it was experiencing multiple outages on its terrestrial network across Egypt due to a fibre cut.
Seacom, a 14,000 km-long cable sunk into the ocean bed, is one of five major undersea cables that have had a dramatic impact in accelerating Africa’s access to international bandwidth in the past five years.
South African mobile phone group Vodacom, one of the users of the fibre optic cable, said its network suffered slower Internet browsing speeds on Jan 21. Other users of the cable include Kenya’s Safaricom, South Africa’s MTN Group and UAE’s Etisalat.
Seacom is a submarine cable operator with a network of submarine and terrestrial high speed fibre-optic cable that serves the East and West coasts of Africa. SEACOM’s reach extends to and from Europe, India and Asia. The pan-African network uses bundled backhaul, open access points of presence (PoPs) and global partnerships to provide end-to-end wholesale connectivity around the world for African network operators.
In service since July 2009, SEACOM has increased the availability of International bandwidth ten-fold and more so in many of Africa’s most underserved nations. The only privately funded and truly neutral carrier in its market, SEACOM also offers a comprehensive suite of Internet Protocol (IP) and clear channel services to the wholesale market.