Top Bitcoin mining country Kazakhstan turns off internet amid protests

Kazakhstan,
which
boasts
the
second-largest
(BTC)
mining
hash
rate
in
the
world,
is
experiencing
major
internet
disruptions
amid
local
anti-government
protests.

Network
data
provider
NetBlocks

reported

Wednesday
that
Kazakhstan
was
“in
the
midst
of
a
nation-scale
internet
blackout
after
a
day
of
mobile
internet
disruptions
and
partial
restrictions.”
According
to
the
data,
the
normalized
network
connectivity
in
Kazakhstan
fell
to
2%
on
Wednesday.

“The
incident
is
likely
to
severely
limit
coverage
of
escalating
anti-government
protests,”
NetBlocks
noted.


Source:
NetBlocks

Kazakhtelecom,
the
largest
telecom
company
in
Kazakhstan,
has
shut
down
the
internet
across
the
nation,
according
to
some

reports
.
Cellular
networks
have
reportedly
also
been
disabled
in
some
cities,
such
as
Almaty.

Kazakhstan’s
ongoing
internet
outage
comes
after
the
Kazakhstan
government resigned amid
protests
that
were
sparked
over
a
sharp
rise
in
fuel
prices.
President
Kassym-Jomart
Tokayev
sacked
Kazakhstan’s
government
early
on
Wednesday
and
declared
a
state
of
emergency
in
Almaty
and
the
surrounding
province.

According
to
some
analysts,
the
protests
are
also
a
response
to
the
lack
of
democracy
in
the
country.
“Young,
internet
savvy
Kazakhs,
especially
in
Almaty,
likely
want
similar
freedoms
as
Ukrainians,
Georgians,
Moldovans,
Kyrgyz,
and
Armenians,
who
have
also
vented
their
frustrations
over
the
years
with
authoritarian
regimes,”
Tim
Ash,
emerging
market
strategist
at
BlueBay
Asset
Management,
said.

The
protests
have
taken
a
violent
turn,
with
reports
of
sustained
gunfire
between
protestors
and
state
security
organs,
including
the
police
and
the
national
guard.



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The
latest
internet
outages
could
affect
the
global
Bitcoin
hash
rate.
As
previously
reported
by
Cointelegraph,
Kazakhstan
accounted
for

18%
of
the
total
global
BTC
mining
hash
rate

distribution
as
of
October
2021,
second
only
to
the
United
States.

Many
Chinese
Bitcoin
mining
companies
and
miners
were
increasingly

relocating
their
services
in
Kazakhstan

after
the
Chinese
government
announced
a
renewed
ban
on
the
crypto
industry
in
September
2021.

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