The Wall Street Journal writes:
“The Egyptian government restored Internet service to the country Wednesday, ending an unprecedented week-long shutdown aimed at making it harder for protesters to organize.
In the end, the shutdown proved less an impediment than a source of fresh anger among ordinary Egyptians who suddenly lost contact with friends and family overseas. Protesters had no trouble pulling together larger and larger crowds, culminating with an estimated 250,000 people that gathered in central Cairo Tuesday to demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule.
The government restored Internet services back Wednesday, said Hassan Kabbani, chief executive of cellphone-service provider MobiNil. Websites that had been inaccessible for days, including the Central Bank of Egypt’s, were available again at midday, and it was possible again to use services like Facebook chat.”
We already have seen proof that also Twitter was operational again for some people. This might be the beginning of a full restoration of all internet services. Egypt is one of the countries in Africa with the highest internet penetration (in normal circumstances that is).