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This article was published on February 2, 2014

    Central and southern Somalia go offline after ruling militants shut mobile Internet services

    Central and southern Somalia go offline after ruling militants shut mobile Internet services
    Jon Russell
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    Jon Russell

    Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

    Those living in central and southern areas of war-torn Somalia have reportedly been cut off from the Internet after the ruling militant group ordered telecom operators to shut down their Internet services earlier this month.

    CIO East Africa reports that residents in those areas, which are controlled by the Al Shabaab group, have been “missing signals,” while militia are said to have been seen checking on Internet signals in the regions.

    Less than one percent of the country has fixed-line Internet access so mobile Internet is an important and growing point of access. Global Voices suggests the shutdown is in response to a fear that the government can use the Internet to track the activities of Al Shabaab insurgents.

    ➤ Al Shabaab shuts out central and southern Somalia from internet [CIO East Africa]

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