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Significant disruption of the internet in several African nations

  • The majority of services in South Africa and Liberia have been restored.
  • Internet access in the Ivory Coast has decreased to about 4%.
  • Multiple underwater cable outages were cited as the cause by Ghana’s National Communications Authority.

Widespread outages were brought on by cable failures in South Africa, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Benin, Ghana, and Burkina Faso. The majority of services in South Africa and Liberia have been restored.

There appears to be a pattern in the timing of the disturbances, which are affecting South Africa as well as North Africa, however, the source is not immediately apparent. Mud can occasionally fall gulleys or canyons due to undersea earth slides caused by unstable seabed portions or severed underwater cables.

Internet Disruption

A cybersecurity watchdog called Netblocks reports that internet access in the Ivory Coast has decreased to about 4%. Benin had a 14% rate, Ghana had a 25% rate, and Liberia had a 17% rate.

Vodacom in South Africa reported sporadic connectivity problems as a result of various underwater cable failures. The MainOne cable system that serves Lagos, the commercial center of Nigeria, was also reported to have a problem.

The Liberian government verified that there was an outage that affected social media and basic internet connectivity nationwide. There were issues with foreign bank transactions, and there were reports of a few international phone calls.

The outage was attributed by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority to an event involving the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) underwater communications cable located in Ivory Coast. Multiple underwater cable outages were cited as the cause by Ghana’s National Communications Authority.

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