--- UK Mobile carrier O2's data network vanishes like a fart in the wind ---
One of the largest mobile carriers in the UK; O2 has been having all manner of weird and wonderful problems this morning as bleary eyed susbcribers awoke to find their data services unavailable. What makes this particular outage interesting (more so than the annoyingly frequent wobblers some mobile masts have) is that the majority of the UK seems to be affected.

To further compound the hilarity/disaster (depending on which side of the fence you're on), Many smaller independent carriers such as GiffGaff and Tesco Mobile piggy-back off O2's network, meaning they're up the stinky creek without a paddle as well. Formal advice from the gaseous carrier is to reboot your device frequently to force a reconnect attempt, Which we're absolutely sure won't cause any issues at all with millions of devices screaming at the same network when it comes back up.

Issue reports began flooding DownDetector at around 5am (GMT), With PR minions formally acknowledging the issue 2 hours later at 7am (GMT) via the most official channel available - Twitter. After a few recent updates via the grapevine (companies involved seems to be keeping their heads down at the minute) Ericsson has been fingered for pushing out a wonky software update but there's been no official confirmation of this, so pitchforks away please folks.

If you're in need of a giggle while you wait for your 4G goodness to return, You can always hop on an open WiFi network and read the tales of distress the data-less masses are screaming into the void.

  • 23
    that's a rant disguised as news. Bloody brilliant!
  • 14
    Meanwhile, a few months back, somebody caused outages on the German O2, which means: The whole Telefonica network.
  • 6
    O2's status page finally managed to load after most of the UK stopped hammering it, they've added the following in ominous, large red text;

    "The network issue we are currently experiencing remains a top priority for us and we are working as quickly as possible to fix the issues.

    All O2 technical teams are working closely with one of our third party suppliers who has identified a global software issue in their system which has impacted data services. As a result of this incident, we are experiencing a high demand on our network which means some customers may have issues making and receiving voice calls.

    We believe other mobile operators around the world are also affected.

    We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience."
  • 5
    The building burning down is *a* top priority. Even in the face of disaster, they have the hubris to infer that they may have more important things to do than restore service to tens of millions of people.
  • 2
    I read this with a British accent
  • 1
    According to good ol' El Reg this whole fiasco was caused by some expired certificates. Why does that not surprise me ¬_¬

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