VAAL TRIANGLE - Residents of the Vaal Triangle and the rest of South Africa can expect to experience slow and interrupted internet connections until September. Telkom’s wholesale and networks division, Openserve confirmed breaks in the West African Cable System. My Broadband reported it will take a month or more for a cable repair ship to reach the site of the break, 3600km northwest of South Africa. This comes after news emerged that a rock fall in the Congo Canyon on Sunday caused breaks in the WACS undersea cables. An Openserve spokesperson says they are collaborating with the consortium partners to facilitate the restoration of these cables. According to Openserve, the impact on its network is limited due to their investment in other international cable capacity, hence all Openserve web traffic has been automatically re-routed. According to a recent status update, the cable-laying ship, named Léon Thévenin, is currently busy with repairs on another subsea cable system. The Léon Thévenin’s estimated time of arrival to reach the site of the WACS fault is anywhere during the first three weeks of September, subject to weather conditions.
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