Egypt prepared for massive anti-government demonstrations today, communications to and from the outside world were severely restricted. All mobile phone services and live satellite television feeds were cut off early today. Now there are reports that the Internet has been cut off within Egypt. Only landline phones and fax remain in use.
Al-Jazeera TV provides option “in case of jamming”
“In case of jamming to Al-Jazeera, please use the following values: FEC 3/4 - SR 27.500 Msps - 10949 VERTICAL,” Qatari Al-Jazeera TV reported at 1443 gmt on 28 January in an “urgent” screen caption, as the channel covered anti-government protests in Egypt.
(Source: Al-Jazeera TV, Doha, in Arabic 1443 gmt 28 Jan 11 via BBC Monitoring)
Al-Jazeera English live streaming available
Al-Jazeera is still streaming live reports in English from the Egyptian capital and Suez via its website. (AS)
1600 UTC: A nationwide curfew has officially started in Egypt, but scenes in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez indicate that the crowds are ignoring it. (Al-Jazeera via AS)
1640 UTC: A government building next to the state radio and TV headquarters in Cairo is on fire. The radio and TV building is heavily guarded, but there must be concern that the fire will spread. (Al-Jazeera via AS)
1656 UTC: Al-Jazeera reporter says that crowds are now heading towards the radio and TV building. (Al-Jazeera via AS)