Largest telecom providers in Somalia discontinue mobile internet services in Mogadishu after Al-Shabaab ban
Mogadishu (Harar24) – After long speculations and amidst many rumors on whether Al-Shabaab would be able enforce their ban on mobile internet in territories outside their control and influence, today the largest telecommunications company and provider of mobile Internet in Somalia stopped providing its Internet services in all of Somalia’s provinces.
Residents in Mogadishu reported that around 11AM the Internet service on their phones ceased to work. Residents of other major cities including Baidoa and Kismayo reported the same issues with their phones.
Although nothing official has been mentioned by the telecommunications company Hormud, sources within the company have confirmed to Harar24 that the discontinuation of providing Internet services on phones is in compliance with Al-Shabaab’s recent ban on mobile Internet.
The move comes a short while after Al-Shabaab succeeded in enforcing the ban in provinces under their control and it seems as though Al-Shabaab and Hormud have come to an agreement after the latter came under recent pressure from Al-Shabaab in regards to the ban.
It’s believed that Hormud will remain true to their word and remain compliant with the ban, this without any doubt will be viewed by Al-Shabaab as a major strategic victory, an illustration of their control and assertion of their authority, not in just their territories but even government controlled territories including the capital Mogadishu, where Hormud has also ceased to provide mobile Internet.
Telecom, another major telecommunications company in Somalia, which recently was bought over by the Dahabshiil owned company Somtel, also ceased to provide mobile Internet in southern and central Somalia when the deadline specified by Al-Shabaab reached its end.