MCIT to pay out EGP100 million to compensate telcos for enforced service shutdown

31 May 2011

Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is set to hand out more than EGP100 million (USD16.8 million) to the country’s domestic mobile operators and internet services providers (ISPs) as compensation for the disruption of telecommunication services during the country’s revolution that began in January 2011, Zawya reports. With the development having been announced by telecommunications minister Maged Osman on Sunday, it comes after a Cairo court earlier in the weekend fined ousted president Hosni Mubarak, his former prime minister Ahmed Nazif and interior minister Habib Al Adly a total of USD90 million for ‘damaging the economy’ as a result of the enforced shutdown of mobile and internet services during the uprising. Mubarak and the two ex-ministers have been jointly ordered to pay the penalty from their personal funds.