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Internet blackout in Sudan now in fifth day following military coup

October 25, 2021
The on-going internet blackout in Sudan has entered its fifth day following a military coup on Monday.

According to Kentik aggregate NetFlow data, internet traffic to mobile operators Zain (Mobitel) and Sudatel stopped around 2:25 UTC (4:25am local) while traffic to MTN Sudan stopped around 4:10 UTC (6:10am local) on 25 Oct. There was a brief restoration of services lasting a little more than an hour on 26 Oct.

Sudan has experienced multiple internet shutdowns in recent years starting as far back as an incident in September 2013 as well as blackouts this summer to prevent student cheating on exams.

Doug Madory

Doug Madory is the director of internet analysis for Kentik where he works on internet infrastructure analysis. The Washington Post dubbed him “The Man who can see the Internet” for his reputation in identifying significant developments in the global layout of the internet. Doug is regularly quoted by major news outlets about developments ranging from national blackouts to BGP hijacks to the activation of submarine cables. Prior to Kentik, he was the lead analyst for Oracle’s internet intelligence team (formerly Dyn Research and Renesys).

Twitter: @DougMadory

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