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13 Jun 2019 | 02:50 PM UTC

Ethiopia: Internet access, SMS service disruptions continue as of June 13 /update 1

Ethiopia News Alert

Social media, internet access, and SMS service disruptions continue in Ethiopia as of June 13; not immediately reported when services will be restored

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/13/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/18/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Addis_Ababa). COUNTRY/REGION Ethiopia

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Event

Social media, internet, and SMS service disruptions continue across Ethiopia as of Thursday, June 13. Monitoring groups observed several prolonged outages beginning on Tuesday, June 11. The Ethiopian government and telecommunications providers have not publicly commented on the disruptions; however, unconfirmed reports claim the measure was implemented to counter cheating or leaks during national exams. The planned length of the telecommunications disruptions and the timeline for their restoration were not immediately reported.

Context

Ethiopia similarly blocked social media and internet services during national exams in 2017.

Advice

Individuals in Ethiopia are advised to monitor developments to the situation and anticipate prolonged telecommunications disruptions.

 

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