Sudan cut off Internet access for the third consecutive year as students took their national exams. Mobile operator Zain Sudan notified its customers of the disruption, and data compiled by Cloudflare showed national traffic dipping from 08:00 to 11:00 local time (UTC +2) on each exam day.
Following this shutdown, the government again blocked Internet services at the end of the month, 30 June, as protesters marked the first anniversary of the military coup that derailed the country’s transition to civilian rule.
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— Enass Muzamel (@EnassMuzamel2) June 10, 2022
أعزاءنا المُشتركين، تنفيذاً لقرار النائب العام سيتم إيقاف خدمة الإنترنت خلال جلسات امتحانات الشهادة السودانية .
— ZainSudan (@ZainSudan) June 10, 2022
Multiple exam-related Internet disruptions this week:
– Sudan saw third consecutive daily shutdown.
– Next shutdown in Syria expected tomorrow.
– Algeria not implementing full shutdowns this year. However, network-level graphs indicate minor disruption between 0700-1000 UTC. pic.twitter.com/wdTRAeq8XL
— Cloudflare Radar (@CloudflareRadar) June 13, 2022
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— Access Now (@accessnow) June 10, 2022
#Sudan switches off #internet during exam hours for 11 days so as to 'combat cheating' in the Secondary Certificate Exams. The exams started on June 11 and will run until June 22. Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Syria have also previously deployed similar blackouts during national exams pic.twitter.com/KQOXfLjlF2
— The Observer (@observerug) June 13, 2022