After an Internet blackout occurred in Syria on Tuesday 18:45 UTC, the country went back online on Wednesday at 14:13 UTC. Internet traffic in the civil war-torn Syria disappeared for about 19 hours.
Analytics firm Renesys Corporation first reported that Internet access in Syria was being reconnected. "Syrian Internet is returning. First probes making it through, routing restoration in progress," it said.
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Renesys shared a graph of latencies to Syria showing signs of reconnecting around 14:00 on Wednesday. The analytics firm later confirmed the end of the Internet blackout via a tweet: "Syrian Internet outage 19.5 hours; started 18:45 UTC May 7th, ended 14:13 UTC May 8th." Akamai corroborated the reconnection a shortly afterwards.
No reason was officially given regarding the true cause of the Internet blackout, but a potential explanation was given by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The agency’s website posted a message stating “Internet services back to normal across Syria after repairing optic cable malfunction.”
Internet blackouts are becoming commonplace in the country in recent years, lasting from two hours to up to two days. The Internet disconnections are attributed to both the government and rebels’ efforts to block communications.
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Source: The Next Web
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