Mobile phones were only restored in October, but only ones with a contract and only for calls, not for data. WhatsApp is even deleting some accounts due to inactivity.
Even civil servants need permission to use the internet for government business, and in a dedicated office.
Fixed-line cable internet services have been restored to a select group of businesses like luxury hotels and some IT businesses.
But they have to ensure only staff use it, and not for “social media or political activity” or to create wifi networks, the rules say. USB ports must also be disabled.
“We had to… agree to allow security forces to inspect our infrastructure anytime they want,” a software firm owner told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Authorities recently restored some incoming text message services, so users can get pass codes that are used widely in South Asia for online purchases and banking.
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