MobiNil reveals losses after uprising; ANHRI seeking legal action

1 Mar 2011

Egyptian cellco MobiNil has revealed that it lost between EGP80 million and EGP100 million (USD14 million and USD17 million) during the recent protests which saw former president Hosni Mubarak fall from power. ‘The mentioned losses … are due to breakage and destruction of mobile stations and some of the company’s shops, and delays in internet services and short message service,’ the operator said in a statement to the stock exchange.

Meanwhile, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) is seeking action against Mobinil, Etisalat, Vodafone, LINKdotNET and TE Data ‘for criminal liability in participation in harming and killing demonstrators by cutting off internet and telecommunication services in Egypt arbitrarily.’ The human rights group filed a complaint to Egypt’s prosecutor general last week demanding that the minister of communications, chairman of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) and the CEO’s of the country’s wireless operators and ISPs, are put under investigation for the communications blackout between 28 January and 2 February. ANHRI says that many people lost their lives as a result.

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