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Egypt 'hijacked Vodafone network'

On 02/03/2011 10:14 EST, Marshall Eubanks wrote:
> On Feb 3, 2011, at 9:24 AM, andrew.wallace wrote:
>> Mobile phone firm Vodafone accuses the Egyptian authorities of
>> using its network to send pro-government text messages.
>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12357694
> Here is their PR
> http://www.vodafone.com/content/index/press.html
> Note that this is entirely legal, under "the emergency powers
> provisions of the Telecoms Act"

Which is legal, Vodafone's protest or the government's telling them to
send messages?  afaik the agreement was that the operator would have
preloaded canned messages, agreed on in advance with the government, and
now the government is telling them to send out arbitrary messages they
compose on the spot.