Egypt shuts off the Internet

Thu, Jan 27, 2011


Renesys report that Egypt’s attempts to quell rising strife within its borders have taken a disturbing turn:

Confirming what a few haveĀ reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world. Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off the air.

Not only that, but there are also reports that both landline and cellular phone access has been halted as well.



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