Tuesday | 31 March | 2020
By Reon Janse van Rensburg
Have you experienced a slow internet connection over the past few days that prevents you from doing your job properly and watching videos on social media, and which prevents your children from watching their favourite Netflix series?
One would’ve thought it possible since there are more people at home and that could influence the quality of the connections.
However, the cause is actually a break in the underwater cable, WACS (West Africa Cable System) which influences internet connections in South Africa.
This break will have an influence on South African internet users, like with the recent WACS- and SAT3/WASC cable system interruption.
TENET, the operating partner of the South African National Research and Education Network said the following: “With the WACS and ongoing SAT-3 interruptions on the east coast, SA NREN users working from home during the lockdown, may experience problems if their Internet providers do not have sufficient capacity available via alternative cable systems.”
There are thousands of people currently dependent on a good internet connection to complete their work tasks as normal as possible.
The last time South Africa was affected by such a big cable break, was in January, which also caused the WACS international link to be influenced. This also affected a lot of South Africans’ ISPs.
According to the latest report from the RENAlerts service by SANReN and TENET, the good news is that there is a cable repair ship on its way to repair the break in the WACS underwater cable. It is estimated that the repairs will be completed by 4 April 2020.
* All information was correct at the time of publication.