Papua: The Internet has been cut off in the far east of the country due to natural factors?

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  • BBC Indonesia

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Amidst the confusion over the causes of death of internet access in parts of Papua, several parties have linked it to the political and security context in the province.

At least 500,000 residents of four districts in Papua have had no access to the Internet for nearly three weeks.

The central government said the internet was cut off after the underwater cable connecting the data communication system was damaged by natural factors.

According to geotechnologists, this damage should have been caused by a large-scale earthquake, at least 7 degrees. However, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has not recorded any massive earthquake around Papua in the past two months.

Meanwhile, leaders of the consortium of companies that build submarine communications cable networks suspect that the internet infrastructure around Jayapura has been damaged by the ship’s mooring.

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