Internet Shutdowns

Local Impact

On 3 August 2023, Ethiopian authorities ordered network operators servicing the Amhara region in the country’s North East to suspend mobile Internet services, fixed line Internet, and access to social media and communications platforms, including WhatsApp, Facebook, and X (formerly Twitter). Although no explanation was given these orders came amid escalating conflict between federal military forces and members of the Amhara Fano fighters.

It is the second time in 2023 that the people of Amhara region have specifically been subjected to Internet disruptions. The Amhara region is the second largest in Ethiopia, home to around 40 million people.


Data and Analysis

Cloudflare has shared monthly updates via its social media channels showing little-to-no traffic from the region since 3 August.

Outside of these measurements, it’s difficult to measure the effect of local/regional Internet shutdowns as most measurements are done at a country level.


Shutdown Type
Affected Regions
Affected Services
mobile, fixed
Community Analysis

Authorities in Ethiopia must restore Internet access in Amhara — AccessNow

Community to Protect Journalists, 47 rights organizations call on Ethiopia to end Internet shutdowns — Community to Protect Journalists

The human impact of Internet shutdowns in Amhara region, Ethiopia — AccessNow


In the News

Mobile Internet outages in Ethiopia’s Amhara amid fighting, residents say — Reuters

Ethiopia: Internet shutdown in Amhara region as clashes surge — Zawya

Global Human Rights Coalition Calls on Ethiopia to End Internet Shutdown in Amhara Region — BNN