The report by Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has revealed that Africa lost about $237 million dollars due to internet shutdown since 2015.
The report, released on Friday, show that there was a total of 236 days of internet shutdown in sub-Saharan Africa since 2015.
Africa news indicate that about 12 African countries have disrupted internet connection before and after elections including Uganda, Congo, Chad, Gabon, Niger, and Gambia where internet connection was blocked during their elections last year.
Anti-government protests is among other reasons for shutting down internet and a typical case is Togo where bandwidth was reduced to disrupt online activities of opposition protesters.
“Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile. African governments should desist from ordering shutdowns,” the report states.
The report which was presented during the Forum On Internet Freedom in Africa 2017 in Johannesburg, showed that Ethiopia’s 36 days of national and regional internet shutdowns since 2015 cost the country $123 million.
This was done during national examination and the Oromia demonstrations. The report added that Cameroon’s 93-day shutdown in Anglophone regions cost the country about $38 million.