Internet Slowdown Expected in Kenya Following Deep-Sea Fiber Cut

The Communication Authority has announced that Kenyans should expect slow internet for the coming days.

CA in a ststement said a deep-sea fiber occurred at the Mtunzini teleport station.

This fiber cut has impacted several key submarine cables that serve Kenya, including the Seacom and the East African Submarine System cables.

CA Director general David Mugonyi has further assured that the East Africa Marine System (TEAMS) cable, which has not been affected by the cut, is currently being utilized for local traffic flow.

“Meanwhile, the Authority has directed service providers to take proactive steps to secure alternative routes for their traffic and is monitoring the situation closely to ensure that incoming and outbound internet connectivity is available,” he stated.

Internet users across Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda have already reported experiencing poor connectivity, indicating the widespread nature of the issue.

This isn’t the first time such an incident has occurred. In March, similar outages were experienced in parts of West and Southern Africa, highlighting the vulnerability of undersea communication infrastructure to various risks, including accidental damage, natural disasters, and even deliberate sabotage.

Telecommunication companies such as Safaricom, Airtel, and Telkom have warned of reduced internet speeds.

CA has warned that slow internet will be experienced in the country in the coming few days.

“Upon engaging the relevant industry players, the Authority has established that a deep-sea fibre cut had occurred on the Mtunzini teleport station, affecting a number of submarine cables serving Kenya, including Seacom and the East African Submarine System (Eassy),” it stated.

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