- A crucial undersea cable which provides Africa with internet and communications has broken
- This is the second time the cable has broken, the previous time was in January 2020
- The break in the cable will adversely affect internet access on the continent
The West African Cable System (WACS), an undersea internet cable, which is critical to South Africa's communications infrastructure, has broken again.
The cable had broken earlier this year and resulted in a notable slowdown in SA's internet speeds.
A break has been reported in the cable, but it is not yet clear where the break is or if the damage is in the underwater part of the cable. The repairs would take longer and be more expensive underwater. If the break is on land it would be significantly easier and cheaper to repair.
Briefly.co.za learned that the damage to the cable could leave some internet users without access, depending on the Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Earlier this year, the same cable was damaged when pressure from a mudflow from the Congo River into the ocean. The submarine canyon caused a short circuit, according to Business Insider SA.
In other news, Briefly.co.za, reported that MTN South Africa CEO Godfrey Motsa has announced its response to the Competition Commission's call to lower the price of data in the country.
During an online press briefing in Johannesburg on Friday, Motsa explained that no country can progress unless it's connected.
Motsa outlined MTN's Internet 4 All manifesto, detailing how it intends to meet the following guidelines:
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