Zain and Sudani Telecommunications will limit access to mobile Internet from 8 am to 11 am, until September 24, 2020. The measure that arouses the anger of Sudanese consumers has been running since September 13. She was instructed by the authorities to prevent cheating during school exams.
The Sudanese have been experiencing a disruption of mobile Internet access in the morning since September 13, 2020. Service which is either limited or inaccessible between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. will remain so until September 24. According to the mobile telephone operators Zain and Sudani Telecommunications, this temporary access restriction is not their responsibility, but stems from an instruction from the Sudanese authorities.
The two telecom companies have indicated that the judicial authorities have ordered them to cut the service during the exams sessions of secondary education faced by 541,000 students. The goal is to avoid any cheating.
According to the two operators, although the mobile Internet experiences restrictions in the morning, fixed Internet for its part remains exempt from any hindrance to allow public administrations, private companies and homes to connect to the web without problems.
For consumers, the solution adopted by the Ministry of Education is inappropriate and could have been replaced by alternative measures that would not only prevent cheating during exams, but would not greatly harm citizens’ activities.
According to the Sudanese Transparency Organization (STO), the first simple and effective measure that the Ministry of Education could have taken to this effect would have been to not allow pupils to access the examination rooms with their mobile phones.