Vodacom, MTN, and Openserve are working to reduce the impact of undersea cable breaks on operations

Measures have been put in place by Vodacom, MTN, and Openserve to mitigate the consequences of underwater cable problems on their operations.


Vodacom, MTN, and Openserve have implemented measures to minimize the impact of undersea cable breaks on their operations. On 6 August, a rockfall in the Congo Canyon caused significant damage to infrastructure, resulting in the snapping of two subsea cables on the same day. The West Africa Cable System (WACS) and the South Atlantic Telecommunications Cable number three (SAT-3) can not transmit information until repairs are made.

Network operators are implementing measures to minimize the impact of cable breaks. They redirect traffic from the affected West Africa Cable System (WACS) to other functioning routes. Openserve has ensured the stability of its network by investing in alternative international cable capacity, which enables automatic rerouting of IP transit services. Vodacom has increased the capacity of unaffected cable routes. MTN protects their customers by redirecting traffic through their east coast undersea cables.