Somalia loses 10 mln USD daily due to internet hitch

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-10 03:28:04|Editor: huaxia
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MOGADISHU, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The Somali government on Sunday expressed concern over lack of internet services, saying the country is losing about 10 million U.S. dollars daily as a result of the outage.

Minister of Posts, Telecommunication and Technology of Somalia Engineer Abdi Anshur Hassan said internet hitch disrupted services mainly in south and central regions.

"The average loss that lack of internet services is about 10 million U.S dollars per day. We lost 130 million U.S dollars only in the past two weeks after missing the services which was the lifeline of our people," Hassan said.

He said that they are trying their best to restore the internet services as soon as possible. The outage has sparked rage across the Horn of Africa nation and affected the central and southern parts of the country including the capital, Mogadishu.

The media, business community, and some government institutions faced difficulties on managing their daily work due to lack of internet in the country.

"I have remained jobless due to lack of internet service. I have lost 1,300 dollars in the past two weeks due to lack of internet services," Abdirashid Moalim Yusuf, a web developer, told Xinhua in Mogadishu.

Yusuf added that he made attempts to find an alternative network services, but failed to get it, expressing deep concern to the current situation of the internet. Enditem