January 27, 2011 / 11:46 PM / in 6 years

Egypt Internet users report major network disruptions

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CAIRO, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Web users in Egypt reported major disruptions to domestic networks on Friday, with many unable to access the Internet and mobile text messaging services in the capital Cairo.

A top official at the state telecoms regulator, contacted by Reuters early on Friday, declined to comment on the matter.

In Cairo, some residents said they had no access to the Internet altogether, while others said disruptions were limited to social networking websites such as Facebook. Others said they were unable to send mobile text messages.

Karim Haggag, a spokesman for the Egyptian embassy in Washington, said the Egyptian prime minister's office had issued a statement denying Facebook and Twitter have been shut down. (Reporting by Patrick Werr and Shaimaa Fayed; Writing by Maria Golovnina; editing by David Stamp)

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