Massive internet outage in dozens of countries in Africa

The NetBlocks Internet Monitoring Observatory said on Thursday that a major disruption in Internet connectivity has struck West and Central Africa, based on reports from telecommunications companies that reported problems in submarine cables.

It was not immediately clear what caused the cable malfunctions.

The African Submarine Cable Operating Company (SECOM) confirmed the disruption of services on the cable system in West AfricaAnd redirecting customers who rely on this system to the Google Equiano cable that the company uses.

“The rerouting process occurs automatically when one of the cables is affected,” the company said via email.

NetBlocks data showed that Côte d’Ivoire It suffered severe outages, while Liberia, Benin and Burkina Faso were affected.

Cloudflare said it monitors activity on… Internet On one of her accounts on the website X Major Internet disruptions are continuing in Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Benin and Niger.

Cloudflare Radar reported: “There appears to be a pattern in the timing of the crashes affecting… Africa From north to south.”

South African telecommunications company Vodacom also revealed that faults in submarine cables affected Internet providers in the country.

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