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Undersea cables for Africa’s internet retrace history and leave digital gaps as they connect continents

Undersea cables for Africa’s internet retrace history and leave digital gaps as they connect continents

LARGE parts of west and central Africa, as well as some countries in the south of the continent, were left without internet services on 14 March because of failures on four of the fibre optic cables that run below the world’s oceans. Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Ghana, Burkina Faso and South Africa were among the worst affected. By midday on 15 March the problem had not been resolved. Microsoft warned its customers that there was a delay in repairing the cables. South Africa’s News24 reported that, while the cause of the damage had not been confirmed, it was believed that…
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West, Central Africa see major internet outage with undersea cables down

West, Central Africa see major internet outage with undersea cables down

A major internet outage affected West and Central Africa, the internet observatory Netblocks said, as operators of multiple subsea cables reported failures. The cause of the cable failures was not immediately clear. African subsea cable operator SEACOM confirmed that services on its West African Cable System were down and that customers who relied on that cable were redirected to the Google Equiano cable, which SEACOM uses. "The redirection happens automatically when a route is impacted," it said via email. Ivory Coast was experiencing a severe outage, while Liberia, Benin, Ghana and Burkina Faso were seeing a high impact, Netblocks's data…
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Africa connects: High demand for internet services spurs investment in undersea cables

Africa connects: High demand for internet services spurs investment in undersea cables

CONRAD ONYANGO, BIRD STORY AGENCY GROWING demand for internet services is spurring large-scale construction of both surface and undersea cables in Africa as technology companies pump in more investments funds to replace old lines and put up new ones. A new ultra-high capacity submarine fibre optic cable that landed in Kenya’s coastal city, Mombasa on Tuesday (March 29) is among the latest additions to the continent's internet cable capacity. The Hong Kong-based PEACE (Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe) cable is a multi-million US dollar investment expected to offer a more stable connection between Africa, Europe and Asia. This is…
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