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The reason why your Internet is slow this week.

If you have been online in Kenya and the rest of East Africa you would have noticed that since the weekend Internet speeds have deteriorated considerably. After getting used to broadband Internet connectivity, it must have come as a surprise as it took long minutes to pull in data that hitherto would have taken only seconds to pull in. The reason for the much slower Internet speeds is due to a fault on the Mediterranean section of the SEA-ME-WE 4 submarine cable system, which undersea cables like SEACOM and TEAMS are connected to in Kenya use to connect onwards to Europe. The SEA-ME-WE 4 cable connects South East Asia to Europe via the Indian Sub-Continent and Middle East. Repair work on SEA-ME-WE 4 cable is expected to be finalized by Wednesday this week for Internet speeds to normalize again.

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3 Comments

  1. April 27, 2010 at 6:08 am — Reply

    And will be up to end of this month; there are some delays due to bad weather

    “SMW4 told that completion of the maintenance exercise of undersea cable will be 30th April 2010 and not 27th April 2010 ! 3 more days !!” – http://twitter.com/peperuka/status/12930200237
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  2. Hassan
    September 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm — Reply

    They and other ISPs cannot improve internet connectivity and speeds to handle traffic on the net. They think this will improve road traffic……what a joke

  3. March 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm — Reply

    This is very serious. The speeds have really deteriorated. With or without the problem with the cable, I believe we have a very big problem in Kenya concerning Internet connection speeds. Most of the ISPs give a shoddy service to customers and they don’t give a damn.

    Sample this, I was using Orange livebox but their cable got cut by vandals on mid January. Sad enough, up to date they have not repaired the cable meaning they don’t care if I have internet or not and whether I was using it as a source of livelihood or not. I have been moving up and down in their offices with no avail.

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