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Zimbabwe internet link restored
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Few emails were sent or getting through during the outage
Zimbabwe's internet services have been fully restored after a $700,000 debt was paid to restore the satellite link.

Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank bailed out telephone operator TelOne, which owed the sum to Intelsat.

The disconnection earlier this month cut surfing and e-mail activities by 90%, Zimbabwe's ISP association said.

But TelOne is warning that they remain saddled with other debts and face severe shortages of foreign currency so problems could reoccur.

The firm wants diplomatic missions and internet service providers to pay their monthly subscriptions in foreign currency.

ZIMBABWE CRISIS
Life expectancy 30 years
High dependency on food aid
20% adult HIV prevalence
Shortages of basic foodstuffs
High unemployment
Inflation 1,200%

Zimbabwe is in the midst of an economic crisis, with 1,200% inflation, 80% unemployment rates and shortages of basic goods like fuel and maize.

Earlier this year, Zimbabwe knocked three zeros off the denomination of its banknotes in an effort to contain inflation.

The opposition says President Robert Mugabe has destroyed one of Africa's most developed economies through his policies.

He blames the problems on a western plot to remove him from power.


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