Somalia Internet is Back, after 3 weeks of Internet Blackout

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Monday July 17, 2017 - 14:24:27 in Latest News by Super Admin
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    Somalia Internet is Back, after 3 weeks of Internet Blackout

    MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 17 (Horn Observer) The Internet service in South and Central Somalia is back on Monday, after weeks of Internet blackout, Somalia government said on Monday.

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Mogadishu Overview. Photo credit: Horn Observer
MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 17 (Horn Observer) The Internet service in South and Central Somalia is back on Monday, after weeks of Internet blackout, Somalia government said on Monday.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and Technology said "The Federal Government of Somalia in collaboration with the owner of the fiber-optic cable has successfully restored Internet and data services to South and Central Somalia”

"The loss of Internet and data services for nearly three weeks caused considerable economic damage to many sectors of the Somali economic, such as commerce, education, healthcare, and the delivery of Government services.” The ministry added.

The statement  further noted the ministry is  working on a national communication and information technologies policy in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders. This policy will ensure that every citizen would get basic Internet and telecommunication services with adequate speed and affordable cost. While expressing the greater need than ever for the Parliament to pass the National Communication Law that has been submitted to the Parliament on 10 July 2017 after the Cabinet approved it on 22 June 2017.

Residents in Mogadishu welcomed the return of the internet services with celebrations, an indication that the internet become part of the daily life in this horn of Africa nation.

"Congratulations, I am seeing we have received a powerful internet this morning.” Mohamed Ahmed, a local trader whose services depend on the internet told Horn Observer, "The absence of the internet cost huge loss to us.”

Other people took to the social media for congratulating one another after missing the connectivity for 23 days, some of which have not received for all those days. Some of them writing amazing posts, some of whom comparing the absence of the internet like being in a prison.

"You will be seeing people posting their Eid celebration photos and do not hesitate to LIKE and COMMENT" one comment read. Similar other funny comments followed.



Somalia government detained a ship identified as MSC Alice Vessel that was accused for cutting the undersea fiber optic cable that provides the internet in South and central Somalia, resulting a major internet disruption, following which Somalia government asked the loss to be compensated.

- Horn Observer -


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