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Sudan restores most Internet connections

September 29, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms

Sudan’s Internet services has been restored at one of its three major international ISPs, the government reported after it had seen the Internet cut off across the country as a result of riots over the ending of fuel subsidies. The result saw much turmoil over the use of Internet and social media sites, which led to the cutting of services.

Sudan’s Internet services has been restored at one of its three major international ISPs (image: CommsMEA)

Sudan’s Internet services has been restored at one of its three major international ISPs (image: CommsMEA)

According to CIO, the country began losing access to the internet at around 4 PM on September 25. Internet access through Canar telecommunications was restored a couple of hours later, but the majority of the country still lacks access.

According to Doug Madory, a senior analyst at the Internet analysis company Renesys, “this is the largest national blackout since Egypt lost its access to the internet in 2011,” referring to when the Egyptian government, then led by President Hosni Mubarak turned off Internet and mobile services for three days in an effort to end protests against the government.

The country’s two largest international ISP gateways, Sudatel and Zain, were still down Friday morning, said CIO.

Renesys has seen some other large national outages in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Syria. The fact that all three international gateways in Sudan began losing access around the same time shows that the event was either government directed or the result of a catastrophic physical failure, Madory said.

Joseph Mayton

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