According to CNN International, Yemen’s largest cell phone network by subscribers Yemen Mobile Telephone Company (more commonly known as SabaFon), has been ordered to close down by President Saleh. According to an official from the Ministry of Communications, the order came as a result of unpaid fines and unspecified violations over the last few years. The shutdown was confirmed by a SabaFon official, who went on to deny the accusations, claiming that the move was in fact politically motivated. Neither official was authorised to speak to the press, and both requested to remain anonymous. President’s Saleh’s chief opponent, Hamid Al-Ahmar, is a significant shareholder in SabaFon. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, SabaFon is owned by Al-Ahmar (61%) and Bahraini telco Batelco (27%).