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Libya gets back online

Country’s internet begins to return as rebels march on Tripoli

Libya's internet is slowly coming back online as rebels advance in Tripoli.
Libya's internet is slowly coming back online as rebels advance in Tripoli.

Libya may still be fighting for freedom, but its internet appears to slowly be coming back online after a six-month black-out during the rebel attacks on Moamar Gaddafi's government.

Libya's state-run internet service provider (ISP) carried a message on its website that said: ‘Libya, one tribe', according to the BBC.

People within Libya have reported patchy reliability with connections coming and going.

Colonel Gadafi's government pulled the internet plug in March in an attempt to suppress dissent and prevent rebels and their supporters from spreading information.

Rebels appeared to have gained the upper-hand in the Libyan capital Tripoli last night and the authorities' stranglehold on the internet appears to slowly be loosening.

Both Google's web analytics and Akamai's net monitoring service showed a spike in traffic coming from the country early on 22nd August.

David Belson, Akamai's director of market intelligence, told the BBC that internet activity had increased almost 500%, although it declined again later in the day.

Libyans seem to be making use of the sporadic internet connectivity to tweet messages on the events happening inside the country.

Someone from inside Libya has renamed Tripoli's ‘Green Square', so titled by Moammar Gaddafi, to Martyr's Square on Google Maps.

The square was previously called Martyr's Square before Gaddafi changed it to reflect the colour of his ruling party.

Google says the name change was made by a user late on Sunday night, while rebel forces were fighting to take over the city. The name change was approved by Google, meaning it was visible to the public, shortly thereafter.