Oracle attributed to the outage to a severed submarine cable in "the Gulf," while Yemen's Houthis said a cable was damaged in the Suez Canal

Yemen’s internet outage stretches into second day

A nationwide internet outage in Yemen has entered its second day with little indication when service will return and conflicting accounts over the causes of the disruption. 

On Thursday, Yemen’s main telecommunications companies, YemenNet and TeleYemen, told customers via SMS that 80 percent of Yemen's international internet capactiy was offline due to damaged underwater cable in the Suez canal. The same day, Houthi-run Saba news agency reported that work was underway to restore the internet services.

Oracle Internet Intelligence, which monitors the performance of online networks around the world, said in a tweet Friday morning that a “submarine cable cut in the gulf” had degraded internet service in multiple countries including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Sudan. 

An analysis by internet monitoring service Netblocks showed that the ongoing internet cut was preceded by four brief outages starting Jan. 4. It’s unclear what may have caused those episodes.



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