Tanzania is facing a breakdown in internet connections after two submarine cables linking the country to the outside world experienced technical problems on 14 February, Daily News reported. The acting CEO of the Tanzania Telecommunication Company (TTCL), Kamugisha Kazaura, told the newspaper that hitches occurred at Alexandria in Egypt, where the cables are connected to others linking the continent to Europe. He said the EASSy and Seacom cables are connected to other cables to Europe, and the problem occurred in a stretch eight kilometres offshore from Alexandria.
Kazaura was optimistic that the problem would have been solved in the evening. He promised to seek other alternatives including re-routing the cables to South Africa or Asia. In order to safeguard from such occurrences in the future, he said the country is considering renewing a contract with the operators of another submarine cable, Teams, which is linked through the UAE. While most East African countries were affected by the internet breakdown, Kenya was the least affected as it uses Teams, according to Kazaura.
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