This article was published on February 2, 2011

Internet Restored in Egypt

Internet Restored in Egypt
Ahmad F Al-Shagra
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Ahmad F Al-Shagra

Co-founder of, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer. Co-founder of, Ex-Editor of The Next Web ME, trainer, blogger, and programmer.

Telephone PlugsThis just in: Reports from bloggers and Egyptian twitterati have confirmed that the Internet has been restored in Egypt by the country’s major Internet Service Providers ISPs.

The decision has yet to be clarified as whether it is a single sided decision from the major telecom operators in the country or if the government has finally caved in to global pressure to restore the service to its citizens.

One thing is for sure, which is the Egyptian people have single handedly overturned a ridiculously oppressive governmental decision, and are now connected directly once more to the outside world.

The restoration comes coincidently the same day Egyptian Military have called on the protesters to return to their homes via loudspeakers and mobile messages, fueling the theory that the service was restored to get people to go back to their homes.

Readers from Egypt confirming not only Internet back, but all mobile 3G and BlackBerry services as well.

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The service for some is still riddled with blocked services such as Twitter itself, is forcing users to bypass governmental control of Social Media outlets using proxy services.

According to numerous tweets from Egyptians rejoicing to the fact the Internet is back, alerting the world of their amazing accomplishments while virtually offline.

Tweet From inside Egypt

Hopefully this breakthrough will help those looking for missing loved ones and other activists, some the world hasn’t heard from for almost six days now like our friend and Google’s executive Wael Ghonim.

Update: Statistics provided by RIPE NNC show service activity increasing. RIPE is a Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and co-ordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally.

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