Egypt internet shut down

Posted by David Khoirul

I can't imagine how my life goes without the internet. With 2 billion people in the world connecting to the internet, it is not exaggerating to say that we now live in Planet Internet. And while here in Java I can still enjoy blogging and tweeting, our brothers in Egypt, a country with a population of 80 million, are unable to surf online and use cell phone networks.

The shutdown caused a 90 percent drop in data traffic to and from Egypt, crippling an important communications tool used by antigovernment protesters and their supporters to organize and to spread their message.

Vodafone, a cellphone provider based in London with 28 million subscribers in Egypt, said in a statement on its Web site that "all mobile operators in Egypt have been instructed to suspend services in selected areas." The company said it was "obliged to comply" with the order.

[via The New York Times]

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