Egypt Telcos Were Forced To Send Texts

Egyptian authorities used emergency powers to instruct mobile operators to send text messages to their Egyptian customers, the latest example of how communications in the country are being affected by the continuing unrest.

Subscribers of Etisalat Egypt, a subsidiary of U.A.E.-based Emirates Telecommunications Corp., on Wednesday received Arabic-language SMS messages that read: “To every mother, father, brother and sister, to every honorable citizen, take care of this country for this nation lasts forever.”

Another SMS message sent Tuesday across the network by Mobinil said: “This is a message from the Egyptian Armed Forces: Egyptian youth beware of rumors and listen to the voice of reason. Egypt is above everyone so protect it.”

Complete article via Wall Street Journal


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