StimulatingBroadband.com 02/02/2011 San Francisco - Egyptian authorities who had denied their nation of 80 million citizens access to Internet services for 6 days, responded this morning to global political and hacktivist pressure, restoring the majority of Internet services to the nation.
Border gateway protocol (BGP) routers in each of the Internet service providers (ISPs) serving Egypt, connecting all intra- and international IP traffic, were observed to be back to full function this morning.
This information is confirmed by the 3 leading monitoring services of Internet traffic which many around the world turned to during the unprecedented Egyptian blackout. Each of the 3, Arbor Networks of Chelmsford, MA, BGPmon operated by network architect Andree Toonk of Vancouver, BC, and Internet operations consulting firm Renesys of Manchester, NH, had become central points for data and analysis about the Egyptian outage.
Within minutes of the nearly full restoration by about 5:00 AM (ET) this morning, each of the 3 posted graphics depicting the quick upsurge of traffic returning among Egyptian ISPs and peered points around the world.
Graph from Arbor Networks:
Graph from BGPmon:
Graph1 from Renesys:
Graph 2 from Renesys:
The Egyptian people will now hopefully transition to a democracy, while continuing to live in peace with Israel and the U.S. Policy makers and the tech sector will now grapple with the lessons learned from this assault on global freedom of expression and inquiry.
As we do that important work, a hat tip to these 3 firms that showed us the technical profile of a world we should never see again.