Plenty of chatter on social media about slow internet connection speeds around South Africa since yesterday. Some people more affected than others, but it’s not your crappy service provider it’s a fault along the SEACOM broadband cable network that runs down the coast of Africa connecting SA to Europe. Users in Durban and Johannesburg were mostly affected and could well have to manage with slow or no internet up until 28th October.
According to SEACOM a shunt fault has been reported on the cable between Egypt and France and ship has been sent to repair it. It will only arrive on the 19th October when repairs will start. A shunt is basically a sort circuit when the insulation wears away and the wires are exposed to the water.
Now you know.