The Vodafone Group has met human rights organisations in Egypt after the company was forced to shut down its services during revolution last year.
According to The Guardian, chairman of the mobile network company, Sir John Bond while addressing the annual meeting of the company insisted that the company was forced by the Egyptian government to discontinue its services in the country and send out pro-government messages across the nation.
“In Egypt employees risked their personal safety in a very volatile environment to keep the network up and running at a time when communication was more important than ever.” the outgoing chairman told the shareholders during the annual meet.
Sir John added that the company has direct license holding with only 26 countries and therefore cannot enter any negotiations with the government of other countries which would leave them at the hands of the authorities. The company may suffer similar fate like it did in Egypt in the future.
Sir John Walker is leaving the service and he will be succeeded by the former chief executive of Germany-based electronics manufacturer Philips, Gerard Kleisterlee. It is the first time that Vodafone’s top boss is from outside the United Kingdom.