East African Internet Cable May Take 20 Days to Repair

The East African Submarine System, a telecommunications cable known as EASSy, will take a further 15 to 20 days to repair after it was accidentally cut by a ship on Feb. 17, the group that owns the cable said.

“A cable ship has been secured to undertake the repair,” said EASSy in a statement on its website today. A group of investors, including MTN Group Ltd., Vodacom Group Ltd. and Etisalat Telecommunications Corp., owns 92 percent of the fiber-optic submarine cable that covers 10,000 kilometers (6,215 miles), according to EASSy’s website.

EASSy said it’s attempting to minimize the impact of the severing of the Internet cable connecting Europe to East Africa, in the Red Sea at landing stations between Djibouti and Port Sudan, by rerouting traffic via Djibouti and South Africa.

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