Internet service has been partially restored in south and central Somalia after a 31-hour shutdown that disrupted communication services in the Horn of Africa nation.

The Internet had been cut across much of Somalia with a high impact on Mogadishu from 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Connectivity was largely restored on Monday evening, with a recorded incident duration of 31 hours, said the ministry of telecommunication in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The ministry confirmed the restoration of the services, saying the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) remotely switched on the branching unit by re-configuring the power set-up temporarily.

Because the fault proved to be at sea, EASSy decided to perform a BU switch to restore traffic, and traffic cleared from on July 27, according to a report to the Ministry of Post, Telecom and Technology by Dalkom Somalia, a local affiliate of EASSy Consortium.

The ministry said it was informed that the EASSy consortium, in the meantime, mobilized an e-marine repair vessel to undertake the repair at EASSy Segment 10, about 27 kilometers from Mogadishu.

Abdi Ashur Hassan, the Minister of Post, Telecommunications and Technology, asked the operators to be more vigilant until the issue which disrupted communication services in much of Somalia is finally resolved.

“We call on the companies that are in the process of bringing other fiber optic cables to speed up their work because that will not only provide them a good market penetration opportunity but also be part of the long-term solution to similar incidents,” Hassan said.

The minister reiterated his call for companies to invest in more fiber optic cables to reduce the country’s dependence on a single fiber optic cable.

He said the Somali economy is gradually becoming more internet-based as banks, money transfer, education, airline, media, and some government services, mainly depend on the internet to provide their services.

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