Egypt's Internet suffers a severe disruption, as a grass-roots protest movement prepares for major rallies after Friday prayers demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak after nearly 30 years in power.

A major service provider for Egypt, Italy-based Seabone, reported early Friday that there was no Internet traffic going into or out of the country after 12:30 a.m. local time.

Associated Press reporters in Cairo were also experiencing outages. Messages abounded on Facebook and Twitter from users outside of the country.

Egypt has been besieged by its biggest protests in years this week as the region sees inspiration in street protests that toppled the government in Tunisia.

Social networking sites have been vital to driving the protests.