WACS cable downtime concerns

The West African Cable System (WACS) has informed its clients that there may be downtime in early June 2013 to repair a fault, forcing some ISPs to look for alternative bandwidth during the projected repair period.

WACS told its clients that there is a suspected fault on one of the cable segments, and that the cable ship has been dispatched to the affected area.

The ship is expected to reach the fault area on 4 June 2013, and the tentative date of repair is estimated to be 8 June 2013.

WACS warned that traffic on the system is expected to be down during the repair period.

It is understood that it is currently only a suspected fault, and that it is not certain that there will be any downtime on the system.

MWEB ISP CEO Derek Hershaw said that they are aware of the issue, but are still awaiting final confirmation of the exact date of the repairs.

Hershaw added that he does not expect the WACS issue to have a significant impact on them because of their high redundancy, which includes significant capacity on Seacom.

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