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Ethiopia restores mobile internet connection in capital after 10 days outage

Christian Fernsby |
Ethiopia has restored mobile internet connection in its capital city Addis Ababa after a 10 days outage.

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The Ethiopian government is yet to give a statement on the internet outage, but the internet outage started on the evening of June 22, soon after reports came out of a failed coup attempt in Ethiopia's northern Amhara regional state that left the region's President Ambachew Mekonen dead.

Several hours later Ethiopia's army chief Seare Mekonen was assassinated in Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa by his bodyguard, in what Ethiopian officials say was a coordinated effort to destabilize the Ethiopian government.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has linked the two events and vowed to take measures on all suspected coup plotters.

However, the restoration of mobile internet access seems to be only restricted to Addis Ababa and its surroundings with Netzines living in regional cities telling Xinhua that they have yet to access the internet on their mobile phones.

Ethiopia has since Thursday largely restored broadband and WIFI internet connections across the country.

The Ethiopian government has in recent years-imposed internet blackout in parts of the country on several occasions during times of serious unrest, but this is the longest and most extensive internet blackout the east African country has underwent so far.

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