Vodafone's London chairman promises talks with Egypt campaigners

Ahram Online, Tuesday 26 Jul 2011

Chairman takes the opportunity of London AGM to address the company's role in telecommunications blackout imposed by Egyptian state on 28 January

Vodafone’s chairman has promised talks with Egyptian campaigners over the company’s agreement to cut communications during the height of January’s unrest.

Speaking at Vodafone’s London annual general meeting on Tuesday morning, the international mobile giant’s chairman John Bond attempted to mollify Egypt's reformers by saying the blackout was “less than 24 hours.”

Vodafone Egypt and the country’s two other mobile services have faced widespread criticism for suspending their networks on 28 January following government orders.

Bond also praised Vodafone’s Egyptian staff.

"Employees risked safety... to keep network running at time when communication was more important than ever," he said.

The AGM continues.


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