WACS is a submarine cable which links South Africa with the United Kingdom. It has 14 landing points – 12 along the western coast of Africa and two in Europe. The SAT3 cable links South Africa to Portugal and Spain, and also includes landing points at several West African countries.
The cable break on the WACS link near the Congo continues to affect customers of numerous South African ISPs. In addition to these outages, the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET) has now reported another break on the WACS link, this time around the United Kingdom.
TENET added that a ship is being loaded and will be dispatched to deal with both WACS and SAT-3 breaks near the Congo, but there is currently no update regarding the UK break.
The WACS cable downtime affects most large ISPs in South Africa, including Webafrica, Afrihost, Axxess, and Mind The Speed. Many of these ISPs posted network status updates citing the international cable outage as the cause of slow international connections.
Until the UK break is dealt with and WACS is restored, South Africans may continue to experience slow Internet speeds.