Ethiopia partially lifts ban on mobile internet

Ethiopia has restored mobile Internet services after the service was blocked for over two months.

The blockage was connected with anti-government protests that broke out largely in the Amhara and Oromia regions.

Local portals reported that mobile service was restored on Friday evening after being shut down since October.

Ethiopia is currently under a state of emergency with some of the rules being a restriction on access to particular social media platforms.

Anti government protests in the country are believed to have been largely instigated via social media.

Social media and messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook, and Instagram have still been blocked.

Main internet lines were also said to be very slow during the period of the internet shutdown.

This is the longest sustained mobile internet service shutdown that has taken place in the capital Addis Ababa and across the country.

A recent report on access to the internet by Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world, ranked Ethiopia among the worst in the world.

In Africa they were ranked with Gambia, Sudan & Egypt as the worst culprits.


Africanews/Zainab Sa’id