Power outage knocks out connectivity in Central Asian states

NetBlocks has identified a nation-scale power outage in multiple Central Asian countries including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Real time network data showed severe impact to telecommunications infrastructure leaving only 37% of Uzbekistan’s observable internet connectivity online, with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan seeing a more rapid recovery. Some service has been restored at the time of writing but Uzbekistan’s outage has continued into the night.

The incident is attributed to the disconnection of a Soviet-era power line shared between countries in the bloc. Metrics indicate that impact is highest at the edge of the network while critical infrastructure and telecommunication exchanges are less impacted, likely due to the use of backup power and generators.

Kazakhstan only recently emerged from a nation-scale internet shutdown amid anti-government protests triggered by rising energy prices. Work is ongoing to report on the disruptions and their impacts.


NetBlocks diffscans, which map the IP address space of a country in real time, show internet connectivity levels and corresponding outages. Purposeful internet outages may have a distinct network pattern used by NetBlocks to determine and attribute the root cause of an outage, a process known as attribution which follows detection and classification stages.

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