Myanmar has been experiencing phone and internet service disruptions as the country faces a possible military coup. Data from NetBlocks Internet Observatory, a UK internet monitoring group, found that the service disruption are impacting a number of both local and international service providers such as Telenor and Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT).
NetBlocks Internet Observatory who specialise in the internet monitoring of digital rights, cybersecurity, and internet governance mapped Myanmar’s IP address space in real-time in order to trace the internet connectivity levels and outages. From this, they were able to find that the country was experiencing online connectivity issues at 3 AM on Monday. By 8 AM it was found that the national connectivity has dipped to 50%.
Myanmar has been experiencing political turbulence and civil unrest with reports that the National League for Democracy’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior political leaders have been detained this morning following a raid carried out by the military. Since these reports were made, Myanmar has experienced disruptions to their phone and internet services, with reports that their TV and radio channels are also down.