Internet connectivity in Uganda is currently being restored after a 5-day nation-wide blackout. Major Ugandan ISPs blocked internet access to citizens after receiving a directive from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) ahead of the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections last week.
NetBlocks recently confirmed partial restoration of internet connectivity in the country. Data from the organization notes that connectivity has risen by just 37% as of the time of writing, urging the country’s authorities to restore full access.
We call on authorities to restore full access 🌐
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) January 18, 2021
The UCC had ordered the country’s ISPs to block social media apps and platforms till further notice. Many services were inaccessible during the shutdown, including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and many other platforms.
The country’s connectivity hit 12% of normal levels on January 14th, before the country announced the presidential winner on the 16th.