Openserve completes repair of SAT3/WASC line offshore Congo
South Africa's Openserve says it has received confirmation from the cable ship Leon Thevenin that the portion of the SAT3/WASC repair offshore Congo has been completed.
This concludes a long and complex restoration after simultaneous breaks to two Atlantic Ocean undersea lines, the South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT3/WASC) and the West African Cable System (WACS).
The incidents led to South African internet users suffering reduced speeds on international browsing and also affected international voice calling and mobile roaming. The Maintenance and Operations Sub-Committees of both cable consortia had tasked their respective restoration processes to a single Chief of Mission on the Leon Thevinin. The vessel departed Cape Town Harbour on 22 January, and has been out on open water carrying out repairs at multiple break locations since then.
The ship will now proceed to its next location, offshore Ghana, to undertake a power-related (shunt fault) repair on the WACS cable. This fault is not affecting traffic on WACS. If conditions allow, the entire mission is still set to be completed around 25 February with the vessel returning to dock in Cape Town.
Over the next few weeks, Openserve will analyse the full impact of this unusual dual break to its international connectivity capacity. This will be done with a view to minimising, and possibly mitigating, the impact on the South African broadband eco-system should the country find itself dealing with a similar event in future.