Vodafone Says It Had to Cut Mobile Service in Egypt
In a stunning and highly counterproductive step backwards, Egypt has shut down its mobile phone network, cut off Egyptians' Internet access and disappeared the country's presence on the Web. This action is inconsistent with all international human rights norms and is unprecedented in Internet history. Egypt's actions will only fuel unrest and make peaceful resolution of grievances far more difficult.
Vodafone, with 28 million cellular customers in Egypt, and France Telecom restored mobile voice services there on Saturday, one day after service stopped because the government demanded the cut-off, Vodafone said on its Web site.