The Ethiopian authorities partially restored Internet access on Tuesday after blocking service for almost two weeks, following protests against the murder of a well-known singer that killed about 250 people.
The NetBlocks Observatory found on its website that the data “has increased connectivity and some users are going online again”. “Internet access is essential for public security and should be fully restored,” he added.
The agency also highlighted that the internet failure that started 15 days ago is the most serious in the country since the June 2019 coup attempt in the Amhara region that resulted in dozens of deaths, including Army chief of staff, Seare Mekonnen.
Internet service in the country depends on the state-owned company Ethio Telecom, which has a monopoly and has already made several cuts due to protests or trials. The goal is to prevent students from copying.