France Telecom and Vodafone report partially restored services in Egypt

Both France Telecom (Paris) and Vodafone Egypt (Cairo) have released statements claiming some services have been restored to their Egyptian customers.

The Vodafone unit and France Telecom (itself a unit of Orange) are the largest carriers in Egypt share the majority of the responsibility for the region’s Internet and mobile blackout last week.

Vodafone posted the following message on its main international website on Friday, which claimed the company was simply following the orders of the Egyptian government:


Both France Telecom (Paris) and Vodafone Egypt (Cairo) have released statements claiming some services have been restored to their Egyptian customers.

The Vodafone unit and France Telecom (itself a unit of Orange) are the largest carriers in Egypt share the majority of the responsibility for the region’s Internet and mobile blackout last week.

Vodafone posted the following message on its main international website on Friday, which claimed the company was simply following the orders of the Egyptian government:

“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.”

The Wall Street Journal is also reported on Friday that France Telecom has also restored partial service. On Monday, a spokesperson confirmed “all mobile services are functioning again.”