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Giving Thanks – Internet Returns to Aleppo

Mari Silbey
11/26/2015
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There's a lot that network data can tell you if you know where to look.

Earlier this month, Internet performance monitoring and optimization company Dyn looked at network traffic in the embattled Aleppo region of Syria and found that after a seven-month hiatus, Internet service routed through the network known by the Autonomous System Number (ASN) 24814 was once again back online.

Syria Telecom has remained up and running at least back through September -- a fact documented not only by Dyn, but also by Cedexis , which shows traffic running through Syria Telecom ASNs 29256 and 293836. But Dyn reports that Turk Telekom, the primary source of Internet service for Aleppo, Syria's largest city, has been offline since March 24.

That source, identified through ASN 24814, finally showed signs of life again on November 8 and continues to report traffic through this week.

Dyn Director of Internet analysis Doug Madory is careful to point out that "while we can see that Internet service appears to be returning to the telecommunications facilities in Aleppo, it remains to be seen how quickly this service is extended to the residents there." In other words, just because the facilities are back online doesn't mean citizens are benefiting from it just yet.

However, the re-establishment of a link to Aleppo is good news in itself. And it's at least one small bright spot in a region of the world with so many problems and so much strife.

— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading

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MikeP688
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MikeP688,
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11/26/2015 | 5:10:45 PM
Thank You!!!
On this thanksgiving day, it is ever so critical to take stock of all we've got to be thankful for.   You were gracious in your comments as I note that it is an Inferno-sorry to note this:  but Hell on Earth as epitomized by this that Robin Wright recently noted in the New Yorker:

http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-rubble-strewn-road-to-damascus?intcid=mod-latest

It is just absolutely remarkable how new techonlogy is utilized by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as it continues to be one of the most reliable reporters of the Inferno that is Syria right now based on what just got posted in its' site:

http://www.syriahr.com/en/2015/11/casualties-and-injuries-in-an-airstrike-on-huraytan-in-the-northern-countryside-of-aleppo-and-injuries-in-shells-target-tal-ern-in-the-southeastern-countryside/

My team at #Outsiders monitors the observatory regularly as part of its' on-going assessment of the Syrian Inferno.

 

 

 
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11/26/2015 | 10:56:17 AM
Syria
In addition to what was mentioned, it seems that subscribers will be given the service for free for a while through 2016 as a way to compensate for the outage.
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