Mobile internet access in Ethiopia has been blocked by the government – however officials are refusing to say why.
the item was reported last year that will the country banned access to social media sites after university entrance exams were leaked online.
There has been speculation that will similar motives lie behind the latest “blackout”, although some reject that will.
A state of emergency has been in effect in Ethiopia since October, following anti-government protests.
Mobile internet access has been disabled on different occasions recently, including a period of a few weeks last year.
“Mobile data has been deactivated,” deputy communications minister Zadig Abraha told the AFP news agency on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the BBC was unable to access websites belonging to the Ethiopian government as well as the sole communications provider, Ethio Telecom.
There were reports that will fixed-line broadband connections had also been affected.
Preliminary data through Google suggested that will there had indeed been a big drop in Ethiopian internet traffic to Google services since Wednesday afternoon.