The Addis Standard news portal is reporting that Ethiopians will get back their mobile data services and regular internet after months of unexplained outage.
Internet service have routinely been cut in a move government has always defended as part of security measures aimed at combating anti-government elements.
Except for the capital, Addis Ababa, much of the country had been experiencing eratic or no connection at all. “In recent weeks the blockade also included wifi connections in hotels & univs, which were not affected before,” the Addis Standard added in a tweet.
#Ethiopia – Mobile data and regular internet lines which were blocked for months throughout Ethiopia, except for the capital #AddisAbeba, are reopening as of today. In recent weeks the blockade also included wifi connections in hotels & univs, which were not affected before. pic.twitter.com/bluP948i9H
— Addis Standard (@addisstandard) April 6, 2018
Unlike most parts of Africa, Ethiopia operates a state monopoly in the telecoms sector. Ethio Telecom is the sole service provider for telecommunication needs of the 100 million plus population.
Addis Ababa because of its administrative and diplomatic status has usually been spared the connection hustles other parts of the country faces. Despite that, the internet has been at the heart of garnering support for protests against the regime from 2015 through to 2017.
The most recent case of outage was in the Oromia region, which situation affected school, businesses and even the regional state broadcaster, Oromia Broadcasting Network (OBN) – till date there has not been an official communication from the operator – Ethio Telecom.
Africa Sahara will monitor the situation on the restoration and keep readers duly informed.