Sudan's communication blackout ends as Sudani network restored
Sudani, an arm of Sudanese internet service provider Sudatel, announced it has begun restoring network access across Sudan, ending a six-day communications blackout in the country.
A statement on Sudani’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts said internet access is “gradually returning”.
مشتركي سوداني الأعزاء،— SUDANI (@Sudani_sd) February 12, 2024
ننوّه بعودة شبكة سوداني تدريجياً لجميع مدن السودان بلا استثناء.
شكراً لوفائكم و شكراً لأنكم سوداني
حفظ الله السودان وأهل السودان.#الأمل_دايماً_سوداني#سوداني #sudani#sudani4G pic.twitter.com/h7EJwIwyRb
Sudan began experiencing an almost total internet blackout after the last of its three main providers went offline on 7 February. All three of the country’s telecommunications networks have been largely inaccessible since 9 February.
The company asked its users to be patient and said “May God protect Sudan and its people”.
Internet access is slowly coming back to areas in Sudan. Finally some good news! — Moe Ali (@iTsAnToOnY) February 12, 2024
Users on X have indicated that internet access has returned to several cities including Port Sudan, Kassala and Atbara in eastern and north-eastern Sudan.
Kassem Mnejja, MENA Campaigner at human rights group Access Now, told The New Arab that, “although still at very low levels, the data we’re seeing indicates an increase in traffic levels, and a gradual return in connectivity, mainly in relation to Sudatel".
The blackout posed “serious challenges” to the delivery of aid in the country, Mnejja added.
“Being cut off from family members and loved ones, and unable to check on their wellbeing or whereabouts during an active conflict, has exacerbated people’s suffering.”
It remains unclear who is responsible for the national outage. Some have accused the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group of engineering the blackout. However, the RSF denied these allegations.
Since conflict broke out in April 2023 between the RSF and the Sudanese Armed Forces, both groups have used internet blackouts to disrupt connectivity in areas controlled by their rivals.
“Access Now urgently calls on all Internet service providers operating in Sudan to immediately restore connectivity across the country. The weaponisation of internet shutdowns and internet infrastructure during this conflict must not be allowed,” Mnejja said.