On January 21, South Africa experienced something that can be described as a “Level 3 Massive Internet Outage.” Local users battled on the use of the Internet in the afternoon of that day.
Afrihost has reported that there were major international link problems brought about by the downtime of the West African Cable System (WACS) and Seacom undersea cable systems. Seacom has also explained that the connectivity problem was caused by civil construction activity. The company has mentioned that their Northern Trans-Egypt and Southern Trans-Egypt routes were damaged in areas near Cairo.
It took Seacom 2 hours and 40 minutes to repair the cable problems. On the other hand, WACS also experienced an outage due to a terrestrial system in the UK.