Monday, 10 July 2017

Somalia's government says internet outage is 'major disaster'



Somalia's government says an ongoing internet outage is costing the country $10m (£7.7m) each day.

The outage affects southern Somalia, and was caused by damage to an undersea fibre-optic cable more than two weeks ago.


Somali Post and Telecommunications Minister Abdi Anshur Hassan has called the incident a "major disaster", costing Somalia "more than $130m".


He said the cable was being fixed and service will be restored "this week".


After more than 20 years of conflict, internet usage is low in Somalia, with just 1.6% of the population online in 2014, according to estimates by the International Telecommunication Union.


A woman wearing a niqab types at a computer in an internet cafe in Somalia





BBC     News.