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Ethiopia: Fiber Optics Internet Lines Cut off in the East

Posted: Caamsaa/May 25, 2011 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments

May 25, 2011 (Ayyaantuu.com) – An unknown group has cut off the fiber optics Internet lines that connect the Addis Ababa regime with the military and its spy agencies in eastern Ethiopia up to Jijiga.

There are very few government agent-supervised Internet Cafe services in Ethiopia. The Internet Cafes rent a very poor connection lines like EVDO 3G (mobile broadband), but the military, the regime’s spy agencies and, businesses that are affiliated with the ruling elites, enjoy fiber optics based broadband.

The regime is now using satellite service for Internet connection in eastern Ethiopia, which has a limited capacity.

Only 0.5% of Ethiopian population have on-and-off Internet access, according to the Internet World Stats Usage and Population Statistics. Ethiopia’s standing is 53rd out of 55 African countries. There are only 445,000 lines for 88 millions. It ties with Liberia, but slightly better than a war ravaged country of Sierra Leone. Seychelles tops the continent with 38.4% of its population enjoying the cyperspace.

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