SEACOM works to repair submarine cable fault

Submarine cable network operator SEACOM says it is working to repair a shunt fault in its undersea cable network in the Mediterranean Sea between Egypt and France. The fault is affecting traffic on the East Coast of Africa to and from Europe.

Submarine cable network operator SEACOM says it is working to repair a shunt fault in its undersea cable network in the Mediterranean Sea between Egypt and France. The fault is affecting traffic on the East Coast of Africa to and from Europe.

SEACOM says it has rerouted most of the affected traffic via the West Africa Cable System (WACS) and SEACOM's network. IP services customer thus may experience greater transmission latency and other service degradations, the company says.

The operator put its restoration plan in place October 19. It expects to continue repair operations through October 28, although it notes that weather and other sea conditions could affect that schedule.

SEACOM operates several networks that circumnavigate Africa with connections to the Middle East, India, and Europe (see "SEACOM boosts African Internet with submarine network upgrade") as well as complementary terrestrial networks (see "SEACOM chooses Infinera DTN-X for terrestrial African fiber-optic networks").

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