Virtual Peering Series – Africa#5: Impact of Submarine Cable Cuts in Africa

1 December 2020
13:00 – 15:00 UTC

The Internet is down! (Some of it)

The Internet is a complicated, glorious collection of moving parts. We pay a lot of attention to topics such as peering, content, and connecting end users, but often overlook the many other building blocks across the globe that make the Internet work.

In this session, we highlighted the integral role of sub-sea cables, and the effects of their disruption. Given that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has dominated news and discussion during 2020, it is easy to forget that there have been multiple cable disruptions during the first quarter of 2020, and the devastating ripple effect these had on connectivity across Africa.

Our panel both highlighted the process of submarine cable recovery and repair, then discussed the “behind the scenes” activities required to ensure connectivity.

The first 1.5hrs was dedicated to the theme of the day followed by a 30-minute interactive social event for participants on “Gather Town” online platform. The social event is designed to promote networking, collaboration, and partnership.


Andrew Owens

Technical Lead for Interconnection & Peering,
Teraco Data Environments

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Mathew Chigwende

Group Head of Network Engineering,
Liquid Telecom


Clementino Fernando
Clementino Fernando

Telecommunication Engineer,
Angola Cables

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Patrick Christian

Principal Analyst,

Mark Tinka

Head of Engineering,

Ben Roberts

Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer,
Liquid Telecom

Christian Kaufmann

Senior Director Network Architecture,
Akamai Technologies

Mohamad Ibrahim,

United S.A.

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