Marshall Islands' 10-day internet blackout extended


    Marshall Islands’ 10-day internet blackout extended

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    President Hilda Heine – seen here in September – says the 97% drop in bandwidth has left people with internet withdrawal symptoms

    A 10-day internet blackout in the Marshall Islands has been extended with no firm end date because engineers are having trouble repairing an undersea fibre optic cable, it’s reported.

    All phone and internet communications have relied on satellites since the work started at the end of December, leaving the Pacific state’s residents with only 3% of its usual bandwidth. General access to websites has been blocked – including social media – so that the little remaining capacity can be used for emails and on a rotating basis by some businesses and government, Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat reports.

    The work had been due to finish on 8 January, but National Telecommunications Authority head Tommy Kijiner Jr says it’s not been a straightforward job. “I’ve been told that locating the repair site is like finding a pin head in a three-mile stretch of cable,” he says.

    President Hilda Heine mentioned the problem in parliament during her state of…

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