Ousted regime brought down Mobinil network, jokes Sawiris

Bassem Abo Alabass, Thursday 2 Jun 2011

Owner of the mobile operator teases his followers on Twitter after the network was down for more than 4 hours on Wednesday

Sawiris

Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris, former chairman of Orascom Telecom, surprised Twitter users yesterday when he tweeted “the ousted regime brought Mobinil down” and added a smiley emoticon to show he was joking.

Sawiris added that it seemed good for him not to resign from his position.

At 5pm yesterday the network of telecommunications giant Mobinil was suspended due to technical problems, as the company stated on its  Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“We are currently experiencing a technical problem. We are working on resolving it as soon as possible. Thanks for your understanding,” Mobinil said in an SMS sent to its clients.

Mobinil is the second largest mobile operator in Egypt with more than 23 million subscribers.

Customers were angered by the lack of call services and denounced the network's failure, prompting a company apology.

“The technical problem is almost completely solved and you can now make and receive calls. If you are still having problems, please trying switching your phone off and then on again. Thank you very much for your patience,” Mobinil texted customers at 8.40pm

Egyptian mobile firm Orascom Telecom (OT) said on 16 May that Khaled Bichara would become the firm's executive chairman, replacing Naguib Sawiris.

In earlier statements, Mobinil has said political turmoil and economic uncertainty hurt its first-quarter results, sending net income tumbling 93.6 per cent year-on-year.

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