Egypt Internet restored, Facebook and Twitter going back to normal

By on Feb 2, 2011 in Africa, Internet, Technology Comments

After 5 days of shutdown, Internet in Egypt has been restored, while Facebook and Twitter on some places are both going back to normal, according to a blog post of a web security firm, Renesys, on Wednesday.

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As posted at, Egyptian Internet providers ‘returned to the Internet’ at 11:29 a.m. (Cairo time) or 09:29:31 UTC, on February 2, 2011, and websites including Egyptian Stock Exchange and US Embassy in Cairo are now available to visitors again.

Cellphone-service provider MobiNil Chief Executive Hassan Kabbani also confirmed the restoration of Internet in Egypt, although a few larger network blocks for the Egyptian Universities Network were reported to be still missing.

Meanwhile, Facebook and Twitter were also said to have been restored in some places which started at 13:36 UTC. There is no more blocking in traffic found, DNS answers are clean, and IP addresses match, the report said.

As reported earlier, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak apparently ordered the shutdown of Internet in Egypt last January 27 amid the street protests, while Google launched Speak2Tweet to help Egyptians to post at Twitter via voice mail.

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