ICELAND, Iceland — Iceland’s hosting service ICELand, which is operated by the Icelandic Internet Council, has been closed due to a “system failure,” according to a statement posted on the company’s website.
The company said in the statement that the outage occurred “due to the fault of the internet service provider.”
The Icelandic government said in a statement that it was monitoring the situation closely and working with the Internet Council to understand the cause.
The statement came as the company faced mounting criticism for its decision to stop operating as of Thursday, as many customers were still unable to access the internet and the company had no fixed Internet connection.
ICELands services are provided through three different providers, according to the statement.ICeland has been the subject of widespread criticism over its service as the Internet has been in a state of emergency for the past two weeks.
Iceland is a small country with only a handful of internet users and the country’s telecoms have been struggling to maintain a robust service.
In a Facebook post last week, the Icelandic government called on ICeland to return to the internet.
“The internet is the backbone of our country and the government should have been aware of its risks, as its service could be a major risk to Iceland’s economic future,” the statement read.
“This situation is not acceptable and the internet council should not be allowed to continue operating.”