Canada Hit by Massive Mobile and Internet Outage


Canada Hit by Massive Mobile and Internet Outage – Bank ATMs and emergency service hotlines were impacted by a significant outage experienced by Canada’s largest mobile and internet provider. The Rogers Communications issue has also affected government operations.

The firm claims that it is working quickly to address the nationwide issue. The company issued a statement that read, “We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected.

The reason for the outage, which is the second in 15 months, remains unknown. It started at about 4:30 ET (08:30 GMT). Internet watchdog group NetBlocks estimates that by Friday morning, internet traffic had decreased to about 75% of its normal level.

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Nearly 11 million Canadians use Rogers as their mobile carrier, and the company has a stake in everything from cable TV to hockey. Despite being “fully operational,” Toronto’s police department reported that some mobile phone customers were having problems dialing the emergency services.

The force advised individuals to stay on the line for as long as possible if it connects and to call back if it doesn’t. “If your call fails, please try again or call from a landline or cellphone with a different provider,” the Ottawa police tweeted. Additionally affected by the outages were courthouses, transit payment systems, and passport offices.

The Scarborough Health Network, which runs hospitals in Toronto, has requested its on-call medical staff to report to work until the situation is handled. After jail staff were unable to connect disgraced fashion mogul Peter Nygard to a videoconference system, a court hearing for him in Montreal, Quebec, was delayed.

People have flocked to cafes and other locations with working Wi-Fi in urban areas. One Starbucks patron in Toronto told Reuters that “there are tons of people here with their laptops just working away viciously, the same as they would at home, because they’ve got no service there.”

The vice-president of Rogers told CBC on Friday that the company was still attempting to determine the root cause of the problem. Kye Prigg stated, As of now, we don’t have an ETA of when the problem will be rectified.

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He also declined to speculate on whether cyberhackers might be to blame, saying, “I wouldn’t like to say if it’s going to be fully online today or not.” Within a little more than a year, Rogers has had two significant outages. 

Originally posted 2022-07-08 22:48:01.

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