Sunday, June 5, 2011

Syria: Significant decrease in Internet traffic

Internet traffic fell sharply in Syria, Friday, June 3 While tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the regime, many users have testified on social networks and sites micromessagerie, like Twitter, they encountered difficulties to connect. According to Agence France Presse, the Internet does not work Friday morning, or Damascus or Latakia in the north-west.

But according to Russian news agency Ria Novosti, quoting a source from the Syrian Telecommunication Company, that's all that Syria was "cut off the Internet." The data that appears in the Transparency Report, a service introduced by Google, which also show a significant drop in traffic during the day on June 3, seem to confirm the evidence on site.

Renesys, a company specializing in the management of Internet traffic, also notes that many sites. "Sy" were inaccessible, except for administrative and government sites. But also notes that some official websites, such as education, is unavailable. Renesys is careful however to say whether this failure was the result of an action "coordinated" and gives up, for now, comparing the situation in Syria with that of Egypt in late January.

The Syrian network had already been cut a day in early April due to a failure caused by an overload of connections, according to the Syrian telecommunications company. In Syria, Internet access, depends primarily a supplier, SyriaTel, owned by the state. "While Internet access has grown significantly in ten years, the infrastructure remains unsophisticated, causing congestion problems, slowdowns connection and frequent breaks," also notes Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

According to Internet World Stats, Syria has about 4 million Internet users, representing 18% of the population. "The government, which has long downplayed his presence on the Web, did an about-face, particularly under the influence of Bashar Al-Assad: The propaganda sites or those defending the position of power is increasing," said RSF.

Le Monde. en

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