As protests in Egypt continue new means of communication have appeared, with the help of We Rebuild, a group that has turned to landline phones, fax machines and ham radio in order to communicate messages out of the country.
Authorities in Egypt have blocked the Internet access from country's four major Internet providers due to the riots and unrest that have prevailed in the country since last week. The Internet service was shut down on Thursday at 22:34 GMT.
A few services are reportedly available, such as the Noor ISP which has access to about 8 percent of the market.
The Egyptian government's plans to cut off all the services that provide communication via e-mail, text messages, Twitter, BlackBerry service, Facebook, cell phones and by blocking ISPs has succeeded to some extent. But that has not deterred the masses who have resorted to transfer the message by old-school method like distributing page pamphlets which were popular even before the Internet existed.
Another means to communicate includes calling a number to reach a modem available in another country which provides access to the outside world. Presently, the We Rebuild group was able to establish a connection in Sweden through the dial-up option. The activist group with theme When countries block, we evolve, wrote on Twitter that it has a wiki page set up to highlight on what is happening in the country.
A few of the radio messages passing on the air were Internet not working, police cars burning and Today marks a great day for Egypt.
Others have turned to services like Tor, which reroutes a user's traffic through a network of volunteers' computers across the globe which makes it impossible to trace. And some of them are using Hotspot Shield, software that secures Web surfing sessions.
There are also reports about Satellite modems and phones entering the country in order to bypass government-controlled telecommunication companies to connect with the United States or Europe.
The Egyptian people continue to demonstrate in order to oust the three-decades-old regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.