Blogspot Blocked in India: Airtel, BSNL and Tikona Users Unable to Connect to Blogspot Domains

By Sidharth | Features

According to the users complain stretching all over the internet forums, Google’s popular free hosting site, Blogspot, has been blocked in India. From the past few days, Google’s blogspot domains are not accessible in India and the blogger users are blaming the Indian government for it is the brain behind this monopoly.

While I am not sure if this is a deliberate attempt from the Indian Government to scuttle the freedom of speech of blogspot users, but some users have mentioned that blogspot blogs fails to load on the Airtel, BSNL, Tikona and Idea connection.“Government of India is experimenting with some limited access to the internet,” says v8, a forum member who is enraged by the blocking of blogspot sites.

The only source of information available is the Google’s Help Forum and the tweets on the Twitter website. However, I am able to access blogspot blogs on my Tata indicom connection, although my connection has been acting up lately. Anyone facing similar issues?

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Another tweet mentions that blogspot sites are working fine on BSNL connection, but when trying to access from the Airtel broadband connection, it goes haywire — throwing out “connection has timed out” error.

Airtel is blocking *.blogspot.com sites. All accessible from BSNL. The fact that Airtel denies that there’s a problem proves that there is blocking of blogspot sites.

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Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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Mahendra February 12, 2011

Hi siddhart I am using Aircel connection there is no problem with it but my blog traffic had drop down by 60-70%

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    Sidharth February 12, 2011

    There’s a change in Google algorithm recently, also I assume you have a good number of Indian readers who are using Airtel. Perhaps the combination of both is why you have lost a significant amount of traffic.

    Have faith, keep writing. 🙂

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ramakant February 12, 2011

Blogspot was not accessible for a few minutes today on my mts profile. It was accessible from US based servers because I checked using aws.
It looks like a tech glitch.

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    Sidharth February 12, 2011

    It is working fine here. Some of them pointed out that it is just the Airtel connection — not BSNL and Tikona — throwing out errors when you access blogspot blogs.

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JkwebTalks February 12, 2011

Hi, I am a blogspot user and this is the second time I noticed the problem. I do not know is there anything going in the background, but the issue affected only to custom domains. Normal blogspot blogs are accessible.

But, on some networks (for example Aircell here), even normal blogspot blogs are not accessible. However, if you change the DNS Server to Norton DNS Server, you can access it. I verified it here.

If they are going to block blogspot blog, it is shame! Anyway, thanks for the post.

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    Sidharth February 12, 2011

    Can’t verify from my end, but your blog works fine on my connection.

    Only technically inclined folks know about DNS and will be able to change their DNS settings. The scary part: Most of them simply move on, so, you’ll lose your readers and the traffic, too.

    I hope things will be sorted out soon.

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Phoenix February 12, 2011

i use bsnl broadband and i dont have any problem so far in accessing blogspot

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    Sidharth February 12, 2011

    Great! That leaves out Airtel and Tikona users…

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