Ethiopia Unblocks Mobile Internet Service After a Week

 

(Dire Tube News, Addis Ababa)— Ethiopia re-activated cellphone data services that had been blocked since last week.

Africa’s second most-populous country shut down Internet access even to diplomatic installations last week in a move the government said was necessary to keep students from being distracted during annual exams.

Ethiopia had restored broadband Internet access over the weekend and allowed the African Union headquarters and the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa to get back online shortly after the initial shutdown last week.

Mobile phone data networks – which the majority of businesses and people rely on to get online – only returned around noon on Thursday.

Social media was also accessible, unlike before the shutdown.

Ethiopia last year restricted access to Facebook, Twitter and other sites after the country was rocked by anti-government protests that left hundreds dead and resulted in more than 11 thousand arrests.

The government has blamed dissidents for inciting the protests via social media postings.

 

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