Zimbabwe suffers internet shutdown due to cut cables
7 December 2017
Zimbabwe experienced internet service disruption and challenges with landline phone calls on 05 December due to faults on the main links in South Africa and Harare. The situation returned to normalcy after 5.00 pm, after the TelOne back-up link was restored. The disruption was attributed to the Liquid Telecom cables that were cut by a tractor, 17 kilometers into South Africa from Beitbridge and a TelOne cable cut by city council employees working in Kuwadzana.
According to the Herald, TelOne said its back up link through Botswana has since been restored and together with the link through Mozambique it’s operating at 50 percent capacity. TelOne said its partners in South Africa and TelOne engineers in Zimbabwe are on the ground working to restore full service on the said major link.
TelOne director general, Gift Machengete said the two service providers had back up. Minister of Information, Communication Technology and Cyber Security, Supa Mandiwanzira dismissed allegations that government had cut internet service and said the State did not have any interest in shutting down the service.