So­ma­lia’s Net on af­ter 3-week hia­tus

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

HARGEISA, So­ma­lia — So­ma­lia’s In­ter­net ser­vice has been re­stored af­ter a three-week sys­tem fail­ure that cost the Horn of Africa na­tion about $10 mil­lion a day, au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day.

Hor­muud Tele­com, the coun­try’s largest tele­com com­pany, an­nounced the restora­tion of ser­vice in a mes­sage to sub­scribers.

The loss of In­ter­net ser­vice sparked anger across So­ma­lia and af­fected the cen­tral and south­ern parts of the coun­try in­clud­ing the cap­i­tal, Mo­gadishu. The govern­ment called it a “ma­jor dis­as­ter.”

Of­fi­cials and In­ter­net providers at­trib­uted the prob­lem to a com­mer­cial ship that they said cut an un­der­sea ca­ble.

Ma­jor com­pa­nies re­ported mil­lions of dol­lars in rev­enue losses. Univer­sity stud­ies were dis­rupted.

The In­ter­net fail­ure also com­pli­cated ef­forts to fight a na­tion­wide drought that has half of the coun­try’s 12 mil­lion peo­ple in need of as­sis­tance.

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