Wednesday, July 07, 2010

SEACOM - A fault on the undersea cable stopped traffic to Europe and India

[bbc] An undersea cable that brought high-speed net access to East Africa for the first time has been hit by a fault, knocking many in the region offline.

The owners of the Seacom cable said the exact cause of the fault was "still being investigated", but was thought to originate off the Kenyan coast.

The cable, finished in 2009, connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to Europe and Asia.

Seacom said it has "initiated emergency repairs", which may take eight days.

"This unexpected failure affects traffic towards both India and Europe. Traffic within Africa is not affected," it said in a statement.

Fault disrupts Seacom internet cable to East Africa

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