So internet access seems to be getting restored around the country and depending on which mobile network or internet service provider you’re subscribed to you might have access to different things on the internet right now.
ZOL – ZOL seems to have restored internet access for everything else except for social media and WhatsApp. If you have a VPN installed you can access these sites but it seems there’s partial access.
TelOne – TelOne isn’t back online and being the biggest home internet provider, their lack of access means that a large portion of Zimbabwe is still in the dark.
NetOne – Just like it’s fellow government-owned company – TelOne- NetOne still doesn’t have access to the internet. Be it social media or just sites outside of social and WhatsApp.
Econet – It seems internet access has been restored for Econet subscribers but it seems whilst Facebook is working, access to Twitter and WhatsApp is still restricted.
Telecel – We are yet to confirm is the smallest mobile network operator (by subscriber base) is functional yet.[Updates]:
- 1739pm: WhatsApp now working on ZOL without need for a VPN. Instagram still seems to be unavailable.
- 17:41pm: Econet subscribers now have access to WhatsApp
There are some sources citing that VPN’s will be blocked soon which means the social media shutdown might go on for a few more days.