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Internet restored in Cairo after revolt blackout

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Feb 2, 2011

CAIRO – Internet services were at least partially restored in Cairo on Wednesday after a five-day cut aimed at stymieing protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, Internet users said.

Egypt’s four main Internet service providers cut off access to their customers in a near simultaneous move overnight last Thursday, two days after anti-Mubarak protests — many coordinated via the Internet — began.

Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook have become increasingly important for protest organisers, with only a tiny number of users in the Egyptian capital able to access the Internet since Friday.

Internet on mobile telephones was also cut, while mobile voice and text services were also severely disrupted.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

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