Ethiopia: Internet restored 10 days after coup attempt

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Ethiopia began restoring internet services on Tuesday, 10 days after a coup attempt in the Amhara region in which six top government officials were killed.

Internet access was first restored in the capital Addis Ababa and national service provider, Ethio Telecom, has promised connections will be restored throughout the rest of the country, step by step. The company also said customers who bought internet packages and were unable to use them due to the blackout will be reimbursed.

Ethiopia goes back online

On June 22, a group of attackers shot dead the Amhara governor and two other officials in what Prime Minister Aboy Ahmed is calling a coup attempt. The internet was promptly shut down across the country and services have only been sporadically restored in certain locations over the past few days.

Now Ethio Telecoms says services will gradually be restored everywhere.

The national telecoms provider also cut internet access two weeks ago during national school exams, in an apparent bid to prevent cheating. According to NetBlocks, an internet monitoring group, Ethiopia was losing a minimum of $4.5 million every day during the internet cut.

Critics are urging the government to stop cutting internet access during times of political trouble and national exams.

Featured image: By Francisco Anzola from United States – Ethio Telecom, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61904306

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.