Connectivity status for Egypt

Roy r.engehausen at
Thu Jan 27 20:07:40 CST 2011

On 1/27/2011 3:47 PM, Danny O'Brien wrote:
> Around 2236 UCT, we lost all Internet connectivity with our contacts in
> Egypt, and I'm hearing reports of (in declining order of confirmability):
> 1) Internet connectivity loss on major (broadband) ISPs
> 2) No SMS
> 4) Intermittent connectivity with smaller (dialup?) ISPs
> 5) No mobile service in major cities -- Cairo, Alexandria
> The working assumption here is that the Egyptian government has made the
> decision to shut down all external, and perhaps internal electronic
> communication as a reaction to the ongoing protests in that country.
> If anyone can provide more details as to what they're seeing, the extent,
> plus times and dates, it would be very useful. In moments like this there
> are often many unconfirmed rumors: I'm seeking concrete reliable
> confirmation which I can pass onto the press and those working to bring some
> communications back up (if you have a ham radio license, there is some very
> early work to provide emergency connectivity. Info at:
> )
> Thank you,
I suggest that you confine your information to the press on what you 
know rather than speculation on the cause.

"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by 
stupidity, but don't rule out malice"

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