Good news for South Africans with slow Internet

Jamie McKane

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Good news for South Africans with slow Internet

The repair to a break in the West Africa Cable System (WACS) submarine fibre cable has been completed two days ahead of schedule.

The update comes from the South African National Research Network (SANReN), and the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET).
 

Gaz{M}

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MyBroadband continuing to peddle their lies:

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MTN and Vodacom were virtually unaffected by the breaks, while Rain and Cell C’s international speeds were roughly half of its local speeds.

Telkom, which owns stakes in WACS and SAT–3, suffered the worst of all mobile networks, with international speeds of only 5% of local speeds.
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Updated that paragraph to make the context more explicit. It now states:

"Based on the tests, MTN and Vodacom were virtually unaffected by the breaks, while Rain and Cell C’s international speeds were roughly half of its local speeds."
 

wingnut771

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Why couldn't the ship in the UK get ready earlier? Is there a reason that they only getting ready after the first break had been repaired?

Why not do the repairs simultaneously.
that would be logical, but i would guess it's a combination of available ships in the area mixed with mother nature.
 

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Good to see that there is a reasonable explanation for the two cable faults near one another as the chance of damage caused by shipping or fishing seemed very unlikely due to the depth and the sand deposition. It will be interesting to see whether the third fault is also an equipment related malfunction or something entirely different. It would appear that equipment malfunctions or underwater geothermal events are bigger threats than damage from shipping and fishing.

It is remarkable that the world's internet infrastructure can run so fast and reliably via these thin underwater fibreoptic cables!
 

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Based on the tests, MTN and Vodacom were virtually unaffected by the breaks, while Rain and Cell C’s international speeds were roughly half of its local speeds.
That's a very unscientific test. I won't even call it a test as you're testing absolutely nothing there. There's no noticeable difference with Cell C so they've probably been using other providers all along making these measurements even more meaningless when you have no idea what you're even measuring.
 

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Why couldn't the ship in the UK get ready earlier? Is there a reason that they only getting ready after the first break had been repaired?

Why not do the repairs simultaneously.
Its does not sound like the UK vessel is in a hurry.
 

skusku

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Anyone have an idea of how big (diameter) that cable is? Also is it a fibre cable and how many cores/strands?
 
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