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Massive undersea mudslide caused 2020 internet hitches in Africa and UK

Wednesday 2 June 2021 | 16:45 CET | News
Simultaneous breaks in two critical undersea cables that connect South Africa to the internet were likely caused by a massive mudslide that originated at the mouth of the Congo River, new research has found. In January 2020, the South Atlantic 3/West Africa (SAT-3/Wacs) cable, linking Africa to Portugal and Spain was hit by a breakdown in Gabon, whilst the West Africa Cable System (Wacs) that connects South Africa to the UK saw an outage off the coast of the DRC Congo. In March, the WACS cable experienced a further break affecting international bandwidth. 

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Categories: Fixed
Companies: Angola Cables / British Telecom / BT / Vodafone Group / WACS
Countries: Africa
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