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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 01/31/2011

Vodafone, France Telcom reportedly restore service in Egypt

By Hayley Tsukayama

Vodafone Egypt and France Telecom have issued statements saying that they have restored some service to their Egyptian customers.

As The Washington Post's BlogPost reported on Saturday, Vodafone posted the following message on its international Web site, saying that it was merely complying with the orders of the government. Vodafone Egypt's Web site is still down.

Saturday 29 January 2011. Vodafone restored voice services to our customers in Egypt this morning, as soon as we were able.

We would like to make it clear that the authorities in Egypt have the technical capability to close our network, and if they had done so it would have taken much longer to restore services to our customers.

It has been clear to us that there were no legal or practical options open to Vodafone, or any of the mobile operators in Egypt, but to comply with the demands of the authorities.

Moreover, our other priority is the safety of our employees and any actions we take in Egypt will be judged in light of their continuing wellbeing.

According to the Wall Street Journal, France Telecom's Egyptian service was also restored over the weekend. On Monday, a spokesperson said, "All mobile services are functioning again." As the newspaper reported, there is no word on when data services will be working.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 31, 2011; 10:45 AM ET
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