Friday, 28 January 2011
Internet access in Egypt appears to have been completely cut off by the government as protests continue in the country.
Almost all access into and out of the country has been cut off tonight.
"According to our analysis, 88% of the 'Egyptian internet' has fallen off the internt," said Andree Toonk at BGPmon, an internet connectivity monitoring site.
All of the major ISPs in the country seem to be almost completely offline, in an action unprecedented in Internet history.
Previously, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter were blocked.
"In this case the government seems to be taking a shotgun approach by ordering ISPs to stop routing all networks," said Toonk.
Also, a message from inside cairo:
The Noor Group appears to be the only ISP with access, with all of its internet routes and inbound traffic from its connection provider Telecom Italia working. Tweets that are getting through to Twitter say that some ISPs are working because they control banks and the stockmarket.
Protests against the government's rule in Egypt have been mounting, with tomorrow expected to see the largest demonstrations so far.
Renesys, another internet monitoring website, says that the lack of access is a blow to Egypt.
"Every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, internet cafe, website, school, embassy and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world.
Celebrities like British comedian Stephen Fry have been tweeting about the situation and calling on people around the world to protest. He called on people to join the Help Egypt protest.