STRONG CURRENT FROM THE CONGO RIVER MAY HAVE CAUSED SUBMARINE CABLES TO BREAK MORE THAN 150KM OFFSHORE
A simultaneous disconnection has been reported in the 3 main submarine cables, WACS, SAT3 and ACE, which connect the west coast of Africa to Europe. The disconnection may have occurred more than 150 kilometres from the Congo River estuary, thereby affecting all international communications between countries south of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Europe.
At the moment, no further details are known about the exact location and cause of the outages, but if the location is confirmed, it will not be the first time that the strong currents of the Congo River have caused disruptions in subsea systems.
The consortia managing the respective submarine systems are already working to repair the outages and communications are expected to be restored by early September.
In Angola there will be only a slight degradation in the quality of internet and communications because Angola Cables continues to guarantee Angolan international communications through an alternative route, provided by its SACS and MONET submarine systems, which connect Luanda to Brazil to the United States.
Submarine cable breaks can be caused by a number of factors, mostly natural causes, so submarine cable networks and international internet operators have redundancy plans where internet traffic can be diverted.
In this case, the SACS cable is an important alternative that Angola offers to carry traffic while repairs are carried out.