January 30, 2008 / 2:59 PM / 11 years ago

UPDATE 1-Communication cable cut, Egypt Internet service hit

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CAIRO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - A communications cable in the Mediterranean was cut on Wednesday, disrupting 70 percent of Egypt’s Internet network, the Telecommunications Ministry said.

The ministry said in a statement it was not known how the cable was cut but that services would probably take several days to return to normal.

“This cut has affected Internet services in Egypt with a partial disruption of 70 percent of the network nationwide,” it said.

The scale of the impact of the disruption on Egypt’s financial services was not immediately clear.

Trading at Egypt’s stock exchange continued during the day’s session, but one stockbroker said the disruption had an impact on some international orders. Central Bank and stock exchange officials were not available for comment.

The disruption stopped sales of airline tickets at Cairo International Airport but did not cause any delays in scheduled flights, said Ashraf Hassan, sales manager at flag carrier EgyptAir. (Writing by Alaa Shahine; Editing by Charles Dick)

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