industryterm:local operator

  • a Mirai botnet perturbed Liberia’s internet connectivity

    Liberia is connected to internet via only one undersea cable (part of ACE - African Coast to Europe) of 5.12 Tbps, shared between all 23 countries connected via ACE.

    Mirai has been targeting IP addresses of Lonestarcell MTN, a telecom operators managing the Liberian ACE leg, flooding the pipe with 500 Gbps and thereby impacting Liberia’s internet several times. (well, the 6% of the country that actually has internet access).
    Lonestarcell MTN is one of the 4 telecom operators

    Many media, including BBC, PC World, The Guardian, Forbes, IBtimes, Quartz, Mashable, The Register, inaccurately reported that Liberia was totally cut off.

    “Both our ACE submarine cable monitoring systems and servers hosted (locally) in LIXP (Liberia Internet Exchange Point) show no downtime in the last 3 weeks,” [the general manager of Cable Consortium of Liberia] said. “While it is likely that a local operator might have experienced a brief outage, we have no knowledge of a national Internet outage and there are no data to substantial that.”

    Mirai announces its attacks here:

    #Mirai #DDoS #botnet
    #undersea_cable #câble_sous-marin

  • Bennett urges Israelis not to punish local operator for Orange CEO’s remarks
    Partner Communications is ’the victim, not the aggressor,’ education minister says after telecom giant’s CEO says would withdraw from Israel ’tomorrow’ if it could.
    By Haaretz | Jun. 4, 2015 | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

    Education Minister Naftali Bennett urged Israelis not to punish the Israeli mobile company Partner, which operates under the Orange brand name, after the French telecom giant said Wednesday that it intends to withdraw the Orange brand name from Israel as soon as possible.

    The Israeli government is currently examining its next step facing Orange, Bennett said in a Facebook post, urging Israelis who might seek to boycott Partner due to its connection to Orange not to hurt the livelihood of thousands of Israelis.

    “Partner is the victim, not the aggressor,” Bennett said.

    French human rights organizations have been pushing their government, which has a quarter stake in Orange, and the company itself, to end the relationship because Partner provides services to Israeli settlements. The settlements, built on land the Palestinians want for a future state, are seen as illegitimate by the international community.

    Simultaneously, an international grassroots organization is calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians. Israel says the BDS movement is not about the occupation of Palestinian territory, but rather a campaign to delegitimize the Jewish state.

    Orange’s CEO Stephane Richard, speaking at a news conference in Cairo to lay out plans for the years ahead in Egypt, said that would have ended its relationship with Partner “tomorrow” if it could, but to do so would be a “huge risk” in terms of penalties.

    Partner said in response that it regrets Richard’s comments. “We wish to highlight that Partner Communications is an Israeli company owned by Saban Capital Group, which is owned by Haim Saban, and not by France Telecom (Orange). The company is holding the Orange brand name since 1998, and the only connection between us and France Telecom is the brand name.”

    Haim Saban said in response: “I am proud to be to controlling shareholder of the Partner company, which is an Israeli owned company, which operates under the Orange brand name. I won’t be deterred by threats. I will continue to operate in Israel and lead the international struggle for Israel.”