Somalia loses millions of dollars due to 23 days internet outage
Source :News Bharati English   Date :19-Jul-2017

Mogadishu, July 19: Somalia which was under internet outage for 23 days, got back its internet connection after 23 days. The capital Mogadishu has lost millions of dollars in a fortnight. The internet blackout was caused by a ship which has damaged undersea fiber optic wires. The ship MSC Alice had been delivering goods at the Mogadishu port. After repairing a severed undersea cable the connection has been restored.

"The internet is now back, and clients are using it," said Adnan Ali, the media director for Hormuud Telecom, the country's top operator. This internet connection outage has caused cost the Horn of Africa nation the equivalent of $10m a day.

Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman apologized to citizens on Tuesday for the outage. The common mass excluding who has access to private satellite connections even had a problem in landline and mobile connections.

"Internet is back and this means normalcy is back. I lost a lot of money and opportunities to make money in the last two weeks because of the blackout" Mohamed Dubow who has an online sale website told.

“What Somalia needs are alternative internet service providers. It’s a business that is not fully tapped. There is need to invest in this sector", Post and Telecommunication Minister Abdi Anshur Hassan told.