One would have easily thought that the government of Zimbabwe has switched off the internet as both our biggest Internet Access Providers (IAPs), Liquid Telcom and TelOne are all crying May Day due to downtime! However, it was so contrary to the assertion.
Our last check when liquid Telecom went down proved that TelOne was up connecting only through Johannesburg and Maputo after tracert tests, but a few hours later their Johannesburg link went down and they brought a statement stating that Johannesburg link is down as well, almost shutting down Zimbabwe.
see tracert screenshot below
Whether this was not a foul play or not, one cannot confirm but this has put all the Mobile Network Operators, (MNO) Econet, NetOne and Telecel, down, hence 80% of local data, as the two major points from Harare to Botswana and Harare to South Africa, all packed up in separate incidences.
However, TelOne updated that their Mozambiquan link was up, but facing limited connectivity, a case that could have been driven by data overload towards one last mile .
We could not independently confirm if Powertel and Africom were able to have throughput as well as they also independently run their direct lines, which unfortunately shares back towards the last mile, here and there.
TelOne Confirmed the downtime in this statement below:
Around 16:00 hrs, TelOne was back up and running normally, with service restored!!