Businesses cope with internet blackout in Marshall Islands

BY GIFF JOHNSON

Marshall Islands Correspondent

MAJURO, Marshall Islands — Most people would find it challenging to go a day without internet access. In the Marshall Islands, internet access was turned off for most users for nearly 10 days from late December as repair work on a submarine fiber optic cable was carried out.

The maintenance work required the National Telecommunications Authority in Majuro to shift all phone and internet communications from the cable to satellites, reducing bandwidth available to the Western Pacific nation by 97%.

Internet access was limited to email only, with access to all websites including all social . . .

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