SEACOM last week said that it experienced a brief interruption in its network on 14 April 2010 as a result of a fault on the Mediterranean section of the SEA-ME-WE 4 submarine cable system, which SEACOM currently utilizes to connect to London.
SEA-ME-WE 4, which stretches from South East Asia to Europe via the Indian Sub-Continent and Middle East, was scheduled to undergo repairs on Saturday 24 April 2010 to fix the affected fibre pair in the Mediterranean Sea.
According to SEACOM this process is carried out by a repair ship which has been deployed to the location of the fault where it will pick up the cable, cut it and bring it onboard to undergo the repair on the optic fibre before the cable is placed back in the water. SEACOM said that this will result in the power being shut down on the cable for the duration of the repair.
“Whilst the disruptive portion of the repair process is expected to be minimal, the precise chronology and actual duration is unpredictable due to exogenous factors such as weather conditions,” SEACOM said.
This process however took longer than expected, and reports from this morning suggest that SEACOM is still down.
According to an Openweb network notice the SEACOM international cable is still down for maintenance. “This is affecting most of our users except for our Premium Vodacom Business and Premium IS users,” the Openweb notice said.
An Afrihost notice from 10:00 today says that the SEACOM cable is currently offline for maintenance. “There is currently no expected time of resolution and we will update this status page as we get updates,” said Afrihost.
Most ISPs currently re-route international traffic over SAT-3, but international speeds have been negatively affected as their SAT-3 capacity, typically only used for redundancy purposes, is significantly less than their SEACOM capacity.
SEACOM was contacted for comment, but did not provide feedback by the time of publication.
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