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Internet shutdowns cost sub-Saharan Africa $2.16bln in 2019

Monday, 13 January 2020 13:42
Internet shutdowns cost sub-Saharan Africa $2.16bln in 2019

(Ecofin Agency) - Internet and social media shutdowns last year cost the global economy a total of $8.05 billion, and sub-Saharan Africa alone suffered a loss of $2.16 billion. According to Top10VPN.com, one of the leading VPN review websites, the region recorded 7,800 hours of shutdowns with Chad being the most unfortunate country in terms of hours (4,728 hours) and Sudan the most economically-impacted nation ($1,866.3 million).

Top10vpn.com found that most of the internet shutdowns happened to control protests or civil unrest, especially to restrict the flow of information during election periods. “In economic terms, disruptions not only affect the formal economy but also the informal, especially in less developed nations. There can also be lasting damage with the loss of investor confidence and faltering development, all of which makes our estimates conservative,” Top10vpn said.

Countries

Shutdown nature

Shutdown duration (hrs)

Shutdown cost

Internet users

Sudan

Internet

1,560

$1,866.3M

12.5M

Algeria

Internet and social media

50

$199.8M

19.7M

Chad

Social media

4,728

$125.9M

1.0M

DR Congo

Internet

456

$61.2M

7.0M

Ethiopia

Internet and Social media

346

$56.8M

19.5M

Zimbabwe

Internet

144

$34.5M

4.5M

Mauritania

Internet

264

$13.8M

0.9M

Egypt

Social media and websites

24

$3.8M

43.9M

Benin

Internet

21

$1.1M

1.6M

Gabon

Internet

29

$1.1M

1.0M

Eritrea

Internet

240

$0.4M

0.1M

Liberia

Social media

12

$0.1M

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