Reports coming in are that Ethiopia's authorities have shut down the Internet in the East Afrikan country. Speculation is that the Internet was shut down to discourage people from cheating and leaking exam papers during the country's national exam week which started on Tuesday, 30 May 2017, but Ethiopian authorities have neither confirmed nor denied this.
Akamai’s State of the Internet chart supports these reports as there has been a sharp drop in Internet traffic from Ethiopia since the reports started surfacing.
Sharp drop in Internet traffic from Ethiopia / Akamai State Of The Internet
This is the second such Internet shutdown in Ethiopia as last year the country's authorities shut down social media and some Internet services as the East Afrikan experienced some violent protests. The protests in 2016 also led to a state of emergency being declared.
The Internet shutdown in Ethiopia is not too long after Cameroon's North-West and South-West regions have come out of their own three-month Internet shutdown. Similar to the Cameroon Internet shutdown, people are complaining that this has seriously hampered their efforts to conduct their day-to-day personal and business lives as the Internet shutdown affects banking services among many others.
'Cos of the blackout: Banks are out of service, Bulk SMS services are not available, GPS services are not accessible ...— Zelalem Kibret (@zelalemkibret) May 31, 2017
Ethiopia has one telecommunications company, Ethio Telecom, which is also state-owned and the only provider of Internet access in the country.