Telecom Egypt (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt's internet and telephone services have resumed after a partial interruption earlier in the day, says the executive director of Telecom Egypt (TE), Mohamed El-Nawawy.
El-Nawawy added that seven technical teams from the company had been deployed in the most impacted provinces – Cairo, Gharbiya, Fayoum and Beheira – and had succeeded in fixing the problems.
Egypt’s fixed-line monopoly operator announced earlier on Tuesday that its data and call services had been partially interrupted nationwide due to a fault in one of its fibre cables.
According to an official source at Telecom Egypt (TE), the cable was disconnected after a blaze in the communications centre in Alexandria, which affects the services of the country's mobile operators, mainly Mobinil and Etisalat.
"Data transfer services have been 100 percent stopped, while 45 percent of voice calls have been affected," the source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Ahram Online earlier in the day.
TE tweeted that the damage happened in the fibre cable, which links between Cairo and Alexandria, and that the management was working to fix the problem.
For its part, EgyptAir, the country’s main airline carrier, said that the sudden cut in Internet services caused a two-hour delay in flights.