WIOCC restores connectivity for Southern Africa

17 August 2023

WIOCC has put in place restoration services on Equiano for its major ISP and IP Transit provider clients affected by the ongoing west coast subsea cable outages.

Due to a probable rock fall in the Congo Canyon, the WACS, SAT-3 and ACE subsea cables have been damaged, disrupting services of many Southern African connectivity providers.

When the damage occurred, WIOCC was able to seamlessly transition its clients’ traffic onto its full fibre pair on the Equiano cable in a matter of hours. It has also helped many other major players in the industry - who were not its clients previously - restore their connectivity services at short notice.

This was possible thanks to WIOCC’s sizeable investment into its high-capacity, redundant IP backbone, which ensures it can handle any unexpected events.

“As a strategic investor in the major subsea cables serving Africa, we always carry extra capacity for these scenarios,” said WIOCC Group chief business development officer Darren Bedford. “We pride ourselves on having been able to move ISPs and IP Transit companies onto Equiano within a single day.”