So it has happened. If you are on Econet or TelOne, you can’t even use a VPN to access social media anymore. You can’t access the internet at all in fact. The service providers have thrown the switch.
It seems the interruptions started shortly after midnight with a number of service providers having flipped the switch and internet access now being limited. Other providers such as NetOne and ZOL haven’t completely turned off the access but they have blocked WhatsApp and Facebook.
Econet being the biggest provider of connectivity effectively means at least 65% of all Zimbabweans can’t access the internet anymore. This happened at around 0845 hours (CAT) today 15th January. So far other mobile network providers have blocked WhatsApp and Facebook but Econet has blocked the whole internet from being accessible.
TelOne is the government-owned fixed telephone service provider. They are the biggest providers of fixed internet to the home in Zimbabwe right now and therefore their block is quite significant.