East Africa hit with widespread web outages

East Africa hit with widespread internet outages

{A photograph} taken on December 15, 2021 reveals the South African newspaper “The Continent” displayed on the display screen of a cell phone, in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Picture by Wikus DE WET / AFP)

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Web entry throughout a number of East African nations was disrupted on this week attributable to broken undersea cables, world internet monitor NetBlocks mentioned.

Tanzania and the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte have been the toughest hit, the web surveillance group mentioned.

“The incident is attributed to failures affecting the SEACOM and EASSy subsea cable programs,” it mentioned on X, previously Twitter, referring to submarine communications cables that join the area.

The faults have been on cables between Mozambique and South Africa, in response to Tanzania’s data and expertise minister Nape Nnauye.

Mozambique and Malawi have been seeing a medium affect whereas Burundi, Somalia, Rwanda, Uganda, Comoros and Madagascar had much less extreme outages, NetBlocks mentioned.

West African nation Sierra Leone was additionally affected.

Providers had been restored in Kenya, NetBlocks mentioned however many customers reported patchy connectivity.

Kenya’s greatest telecoms operator Safaricom mentioned it had “activated redundancy measures” to minimise the interruption.

“You could, nonetheless, expertise lowered web speeds,” it advised its customers on X.

Many of the world’s web visitors passes by way of scores of fibre optic cables laid alongside seafloors, with one of many longest, at 15,000 kilometres (9,300 miles), stretching from Portugal to South Africa.

In 2009, SEACOM launched Africa’s first fibre-optic cables connecting the japanese and southern coasts, in response to its web site.

A number of West and Southern African nations suffered comparable outages in mid-March due to injury to the cables.

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