Internet outage in violence-plagued Somalia is extra headache for businesses

Image result for Internet outage in violence-plagued Somalia is extra headache for businessesA severed marine cable has left Somalia without internet for weeks, triggering losses for businesses, residents said, and adding a layer of chaos in a country where Islamist insurgents are carrying out a campaign of bombings and killings.

Abdi Anshuur, Somalia’s minister for posts and telecommunications, told state radio that internet to the Horn of Africa state went down a month ago after a ship cut an undersea cable connecting it to global data networks.

Businesses have had to close or improvise to remain open and university students told Reuters their educational courses had been disrupted.

Anshuur said the outage was costing Somalia the equivalent of about $10 million in economic output.

“The night internet went off marked the end of my daily bread,” Mohamed Nur, 22, told Reuters in the capital Mogadishu.

Nur said he now begged “tea and cigarettes from friends” after the internet cutoff also severed his monthly income of $500 that he took in from ads he developed and placed on the video website, YouTube.

Somalia’s economy is still picking up slowly after a combined force of the army and an African Union peacekeeping force helped drive the Islamist group, al Shabaab, out of Mogadishu and other strongholds.

Al Shabaab wants to topple the western backed government and rule according to its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

The group remains formidable and lethal, with its campaign of frequent bombings and killings a key source of significant security risk for most businesses and regular life.

Now the internet outage potentially compounds the hardships for most firms. Most young people who say they are unable to work because of the outage spend hours idling in front of tea shops.

Mohamed Ahmed Hared, commercial manager of Somali Optical Networks(SOON), a large internet service provider in the country, told Reuters his business was loosing over a million dollars a day. Hared’s clients, he said, had reported a range of crippled services including passport and e-tickets printing and money remittances.

Some students and staff at the University of Somalia in Mogadishu told Reuters their learning had been disrupted because google, which they heavily rely on for research, was now inaccessible.

The absence of especially popular internet sites like Facebook and YouTube and Google was, however, cause for celebration for some in the conservative, Muslim nation.

“My wife used to be (on) YouTube or Facebook every minute,” Mohamud Osman, 45, said, adding the online activity would sometimes distract her from feeding her baby and that the habit had once forced him to try to get a divorce.

“Now I am happy … internet is without doubt a necessary tool of evil.”

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)




Users located in the south east of the UK appear to be worst affected / Getty

Sky is experiencing service issues, leaving thousands of broadband customers without internet access.

The company has told the Independent that approximately 32,000 Sky customers are affected.

Users located in the south east of the UK appear to be the hardest hit.

The service issues started early this morning, at around 05:30am, according to DownDetector.

“You might not be able to get online or make/receive phone calls due to a problem in your local area,” Sky has said.

The company has also listed Baldslow, Battle, Beckley, Bexhill, Brede, Brightling, Brookland, Castleham, Cooden, Crowhurst, Guestling, Hastings, Iden, Lydd, Ninfield, Northiam, New Romney, Peasmarsh, Rye, Sedlescombe, Staplecross, Wittersham, Eastbourne, Hampden Park, Alfriston, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Polegate, Pevensey Marina, Pevensey, Seaford and East Dean as affected areas.

The Sky Help Team says it has engineers working to resolve the issues for customers in Sussex.

“Update: East Sussex. Due to extent of the damage. Engineers are still working on repairs. Updates to follow. Sorry for any inconvenience,” it tweeted earlier this morning.

It then followed up with: “Update: Sussex – Engineers have located 7 separate breaks in the Fibre cables & are working to repair damage as quickly as possible.”

The account is also tweeting affected users directly, and has told some of them that its engineers are “preparing cables now for splicing”.

Sky says its engineers are “making good progress”, and that normal service will be restored in Sussex this evening.


Pirate Bay shutdown rumours spark after 24-hour outage:, ISOHUNT, Torrentz, other best alternatives [Updated]

The Pirate Bay suffers massive outage: Remains inaccessible even after 24 hours.

The Pirate Bay torrent-sharing website has been offline for more than 24 hours, sparking rumours about the site being shut down for good. The TPB moderators, however, confirmed to TorrentFreak that the website is undergoing some technical issues, which would be resolved soon.

The Pirate Bay site went offline Wednesday, but allows torrent users to surf a snapshot of the site. According to TorrentFreak, all domains, including .se and .onion, and proxy sites are affected by the outage.

“This page ( is currently offline. However, because the site uses CloudFlare’s Always Online technology you can continue to surf a snapshot of the site,” the message on The Pirate Bay website reads. “We will keep checking in the background and, as soon as the site comes back, you will automatically be served the live version.”

While it is confirmed that the TPB site is experiencing technical issues with the servers, there are concerns among several torrent users that the site might actually be under another attack by the legal authorities. The Pirate Bay offices were raided by the Swedish police in late 2014 and all the servers and computers were seized.

As a result of the raid, the TPB website was down for more than a month, forcing torrent users to storm to other alternate websites like Kickass Torrents. In case, the TPB outage is causing too much strain, here are some best alternatives that would serve the purpose in TPB’s absence.

Kickass Torrents (

KickAss Torrents is one of the most prominent suppliers of latest torrent files for its users. The website is the home for content such as movies, TV shows, music, games, apps, anime and books. The usual domains used by KickAss Torrents include, and others.


isoHUNT is run by the same people who are behind and brings a wide collection of content, including movies, TV shows, videos, music and everything else.


Unlike other torrent sites, TORRENTZ serves as the BitTorrent meta-search engine and has survived for many years. This website doesn’t actually host torrent files but simply redirects users to where the content can be downloaded from. TORRENTZ works under different domains, with .eu and .in being popular ones.

Extra Torrent

Extra Torrent is known for housing the latest content in the earliest hours. If other sites are yet to offer some of the recent releases, check out Extra Torrent for a copy and you may be surprised. You can find movies, TV shows, music and lot more.

Lime Torrents

One of the top 10 torrent sites last year, Lime Torrents became popular for its recent leak of a copy of “The Expendables 3,” for which it was sued. Although the case is still going on, the torrent site offers a wide collection of movies, TV shows, and music for your recreation.

[Source:- IBtimes]