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Recent Poor Internet Service Leaves Syrians Disgruntled

Recent Poor Internet Service Leaves Syrians Disgruntled

Tuesday, 23 January, 2018 - 07:15
Many Syrians complained in recent days of a drop in internet speed. (Getty Images)

A sharp decline in internet speed in Syria has caused much resentment in regime-held areas, especially since the majority of Syrians rely on the internet to communicate with their children and families in asylum countries.

The internet speed had fallen by more than 90 percent.

A resident from the capital said he noticed the deterioration of the internet four days ago, during his call with his refugee son in Europe, after the call was interrupted more than 10 times.

He first thought that the problem was in the router, but a technician told him that the country is affected by slow speeds.

"We are used to slow internet, but this time it is slower than ever. The problem is that all the router signals are high and do not indicate any interruption or slowness."

Hawa Al Sham Weather Station cited sources in the Regime’s Ministry of Communication saying: "The low quality of the internet is due to the disruption of one of the international submarine cables between Cyprus and Marseille."

Other media sources said however the submarine cable coming from Egypt had been damaged and led to poor internet in Syria, adding that efforts to fix the malfunction were hampered by a storm.

Other sources suggested that the internet speed was weakened due to repairs of cables in different parts of the country, which coincided with a storm.

The decline in the internet quality took place simultaneously with a low-pressure area, accompanied by heavy rain and strong winds that began on Thursday night, and lasted for two days. The weather improved on Saturday.

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