India lost $968 million due to max 22 internet shutdowns

As many as 22 internet shutdowns occurred in India between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, costing the country a total of US$968 million, contributing to a total global cost of US$2.4 billion due to internet blackouts, findings by Brookings reveal.


India and Iraq jointly captured the top spot for observing maximum internet shutdowns. The non-ISIS controlled parts of Syria stood at third spot with 8 shutdowns, followed by 6 in Pakistan, 3 in Turkey, and 2 each in Bangladesh, Brazil, North Korea, Uganda and Vietnam.

In Economic costs term, India stood at the top, followed by Saudi Arabia with $465 million loss, Morocco with $320 million loss, Iraq with $209.5 and Brazil with $116 million loss.

India this year joined the ranks of countries, including Uganda, Algeria, and Iraq, that have disrupted internet services in response to concerns over students cheating on exams

An Indian official said, “Considering the sensitive nature of the exam for recruitment of talents, internet service providers have been asked to shut down all internet-based social media services from 9 am to 1 pm to prevent the misuse of mobiles during the exam.”

In many other instances, regional Indian officials also ordered disruptions in response to public security concerns. “State interference with internet services is becoming more common, even in democratic states,” the study said.

According to the study, it will only become more expensive for nations to shut down the internet as the digital economy expands. And without coordinated action by the international community, this damage is likely to accelerate in the future and further weaken global economic development.

“As long as political authorities continue to disrupt internet activity, it will be difficult for impacted nations to reap the full benefits of the digital economy,” Brookings Vice President Darrell West, author of the study, said.

West examined a total 81 short-term shutdowns that occurred in 19 countries between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

The finding attributed Internet close downs to regional or territorial response to public security concerns, in addition to a precautionary measure to prevent the misuse of Internet-based social media services via mobile devices during competitive examinations in the country.

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October 15, 2016 3:51 am 3:51 AM

Offtopic: Please help ! What is the website address of bsnl selfcare portal(north) ?

October 15, 2016 7:09 pm 7:09 PM

October 15, 2016 3:00 am 3:00 AM

Every time I get disconnected from an online game I just curse the ISP and think about leaving the country !

Akhil Mohan
October 14, 2016 11:36 pm 11:36 PM
Offtopic: Jio is not following net neutrality norms. They are tjrottling internet speeds for some websites. I had doubt regarding this for some days today I confirmed it. Few days back I was downloading some stuff from and the speeds were pathetic. The download was progressing at 30KBps maximum. Just out of curiosity I turned on Opera Max and suddenly the speeds increased and maxed out at 3 MBps. After that I tried Opera max several times but I was not successful in attaing anything above 500KBps. So they found out about popular VPN services and began throtting them… Read more »
October 15, 2016 12:18 pm 12:18 PM

Actually the order on Throttling has not come still. A net neutrality paper could be out any soon and that will cover all these issues of speed ,throttling etc.Till then only price diff is banned

Sunny | Lucknow
October 15, 2016 1:38 am 1:38 AM

There’s no throttling, it’s all random traffic load. Don’t waste your time with VPNs. People are getting multiple SIMs by generating barcodes and still downloading like crazy.

Harsh Parekh
October 15, 2016 9:55 pm 9:55 PM

Which torrent works still after the pirarebay? Even if it works with VPN but I was unable to get any seeds for it.
Please share.

Akhil Mohan
October 15, 2016 7:22 am 7:22 AM

There is throttling. You please check it with good VPN’s 🙂

Sunny | Lucknow
October 15, 2016 11:59 am 11:59 AM

I don’t need a VPN. Getting upto 25-30 Mbps on good torrents even during daytime and upto 15-20 Mbps on normal downloads. However speeds do randomly fluctuate but never seem to be capped to a certain limit. Anyway, if VPN is working for you then great.

October 15, 2016 1:29 am 1:29 AM

@Sunny. Read this!
This is the reason why we are getting bad speeds in general. I think they have spared speedtest-only apps(which always shows high value) from choking. Nothing other than speedtest app could give you high speed on Jio. Faith in Reliance restored, twice! ?

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
October 15, 2016 1:04 am 1:04 AM

Oh. Tell me which VPN was that. I’ve been going over some VPNs, and some seem to remove the throttle. They are throttling a lot of sites maybe because many are bypassing the fup, and they consume over 10 terabytes per month.
Anyway, I am actually unable to surf when I want to, so if you could show me that VPN with the Canada server, as it will help me with surfing and watching a few YouTube videos.

Akhil Mohan
October 15, 2016 7:20 am 7:20 AM

I want to share the name but since they have throttled all popular VPN’s I don’t think sharing their name here on a public forum would be a good idea. If they throttle this one too I would be doomed. Also this VPN has a monthly limit of 10 GB for a free account, so I don’t know how much you can use it. If you need it so badly I will PM you . Please mail me at km.akhil [at]

October 15, 2016 7:14 pm 7:14 PM

Yes. You have done good not to reveal it here.