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Africa Loses Billions Due To Internet Shutdowns -Report

Economies in Sub-Saharan Africa lost out on approximately $2.16 billion in potential business during 2019 due to social media shutdowns and internet blackouts, while the Middle East and North Africa lost out on $3.14 billion.

This is according to a report from which analysed major Internet shutdowns around the world in 2019. African countries were at the top of the list, with 12 of the 21 countries that endured shutdowns being on the continent.

The researchers revealed that 2019 had more internet shutdowns than ever before, and the 18,000+ hours of internet shutdowns all over the world in 2019 cost the global economy over $8.05 billion. This was a 235% increase compared to the $2.4 billion lost in 2015/16, according to the most recent analysis.

Algeria, Chad and Sudan all appear in the top ten in terms of shutdown costs, while internet access challenges in Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Benin, Liberia, Gabon and Eritrea also impacted Africa’s economies. Overall, Iraq’s economy took the hardest knock, followed by India and Sudan.

Sudan took the second-highest knock globally on its economy with over $1.87 billion lost due to internet blackouts of more than 864 hours during 2019 and roughly 696 hours of social media shutdowns.

Sub-Saharan Africa experienced 7,800 hours of shutdowns, while North Africa and the Middle East saw 577 hours of downtime in the year.

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