In­ter­net back in So­ma­lia af­ter weeks-long out­age

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

So­ma­lia re­joined the world wide web yes­ter­day, more than three weeks af­ter in­ter­net ac­cess was cut when a con­tainer ship dam­aged an un­der­sea ca­ble con­nect­ing the Horn of Africa na­tion to the world. “The tech­ni­cal is­sue, which has dis­rupted the in­ter­net con­nec­tion, is re­solved and the ser­vice is now re­sumed,” telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Abdi An­shur Has­san told a press con­fer­ence in the cap­i­tal Mo­gadishu. The black­out af­fected the ma­jor­ity of the 6.5 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in So­ma­lia’s south-cen­tral re­gion, cut­ting off ac­cess to ev­ery­thing from ho­tel book­ing sites to re­mit­tance plat­forms and cost­ing $10 mil­lion each day in lost busi­ness.

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