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[liberationtech] Syrian Internet Is Off The Air

Collin Anderson collin at
Fri Nov 30 05:30:22 PST 2012

There has been a great deal of research and reporting on the infrastructure
of Syria's international Internet connectivity, particularly in terms of
international politics. I think its important to underscore the point that
the routing is failing with the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment,
who is directly controlled by the family of Assad and has a monopoly on
transit. STE will commonly disable domestic peers in rebelling cities
through turning off the remote ports in the network structure; despite
social and economic ramifications, this is not difficult technically. Tata,
as an upstream provider, or MTN, as a customer, are unlikely to be actively
complicit of have any say in current affairs.

On Thursday, November 29, 2012, Brian Conley <brianc at>
> Has there been any discussion of the fact that Tata communications is an
Indian company? What's India's stance on the Syrian conflict?
> It was an interesting detail to me to note that an Indian global telecom
is such a key player here. Id not noticed that previously.
> On Nov 29, 2012 1:23 PM, "Andrew Lewis" <me at> wrote:
>> From what I remember those networks were never really in use, or at
least firewalled from outside the country.
>> -Andrew
>> On Nov 30, 2012, at 10:16 AM, Karin Kosina <kyrah at> wrote:
>> >> Now, there are a few Syrian networks that are still connected to the
>> >> Internet, still reachable by traceroutes, and indeed still hosting
>> >> Syrian content. These are five networks that use Syrian-registered IP
>> >> space, but the originator of the routes is actually Tata
>> >> Communications.
>> >
>> >
>> > Is any of you actually able to reach any of those networks? They
appear to be unreachable to me.
>> >
>> > kyrah
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*Collin David Anderson* | @cda | Washington, D.C.
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