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Tech & Science Mauritania: Internet cuts during exams impact the economy

13:25  29 september  2020
13:25  29 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The authorities have ordered the suspension of the connection on 3G during the patent tests from Monday to Wednesday. No internet between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., and in the evening between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. universal time. According to the government, the measure is aimed at combating cheating, but the measure seriously affects economic activities across the country.

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Ahmed, in his thirties, manages an agency for the transfer of small amounts of money between Nouakchott and the interior regions. As of Monday, its activities have been at a standstill: " Because of the internet cutoff, I had important emails to send, I couldn't send them. I have clients who are upset because they expect answers from me.

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Hacene, another user, shuttled daily between the capital markets and government departments to provide office supplies. His work is blocked: “All neighboring countries like Mali and Senegal organize their competitions without ever cutting the internet. Why us. It can't go on. We are tired. The government is robbing us of our daily livelihood. The state must modernize itself by organizing its competitions without penalizing us.

Ten days ago, Internet users had experienced the same inconvenience. The baccalaureate exams had caused the Internet to be stopped for seven days at the same times.

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