Somalia internet outage is 'major disaster'

Workers haul a fibre-optic cable, which will serve East Africa, to shore at the Kenyan port town of Mombasa in 2009Image copyright
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A fibre-optic link into Somalia via Kenya was opened in 2013

Somalia’s government says an ongoing internet outage is costing the country $10m (£7.7m) each day.

The outage affects southern Somalia, and was caused by damage to an undersea fibre-optic cable more than two weeks ago.

Somali Post and Telecommunications Minister Abdi Anshur Hassan has called the incident a “major disaster”, costing Somalia “more than $130m”.

He said the cable was being fixed and service will be restored “this week”.

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