Nine East African countries suffered slow Internet speeds after four undersea fibre optic cables were severed.
The East African Marine Systems (TEAMS) cable was cut on Saturday after a ship dropped anchor in a restricted area off the coast of Kenya.
The TEAMS cable was heavily loaded with traffic diverted from three other undersea cables - the South East Asia Middle East Western Europe-3 (SMW-3), the Europe India Gateway (EIG) and the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSY) - which were cut only 10 days before, by “malicious” actors according to some sources. However, CEO of West Indian Ocean Cable Co., Chris Wood, told the Wall Street Journal that he believed the cuts to be the result of “accidental incidents”.
The East African outages highlight the Internet’s vulnerability to physical damage to critical infrastructure.