Internet service restored as Gambia suffered third total outage in 38 days

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:-Internet service delivery has been restored in The Gambia after more than 8 hours of total outage.

The Tuesday’s internet blackout was the third in 38 days, disrupting work in all sectors of the economy.

Last Tuesday, The Gambia experienced a similar internet shutdown lasting for more than 5 hours, causing major disruptions and distress to internet users across the country.

As a result, the Gambian leader, Adama Barrow missed a virtual Extra Ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Today’s blackout according to Africell was due to an outage on the ‘backup’ cable.

Many Gambians took to social media to express their frustration and dissatisfaction with the internet service disruption and called for better service delivery.

Sam Phatey, a Gambian living in the U.S. said during the shutdown: “I’m filing a missing country report. 56-year-old Gambia is missing from the internet. She left home since 7:23 a.m. and has not returned. She is wearing a red head tie, white blouse, blue belt, white wrapper, and green slippers. If you see her, please take her to the nearest ISP.”

Another Facebook user Hatab Fadera added: “Third Internet outage in less than 2 months; these frequent blackouts must end. It’s a threat to national security & inimical to our progress. The government needs a comprehensive, not piecemeal, approach to fixing this problem.”

“Ours is not a serious country- The Gambia. They will come up with the usual excuses again. More than 12 hours of internet outage again. Something basic still very fundamental for the development of this country can’t be guaranteed. We can do better as a country,” Badara Pullo said.

“So, on Jan 28, 2021, Our ACE cable was cut, switched to Backup in Senegal; Feb 2, Backup was down, Gambia has no Internet, feb 9the backup down, Gambia has no Internet. Do we rely on Sen for internet?” Papa Faal asked.

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