BT working to restore services to London and the southeast
BT customers across London are currently unable to receive internet access following an outage affecting large swathes of the capital and southeast.
The telecommunications company told TechWeekEurope it was aware of the problems and that it was currently looking to restore services to those affected.
Many customers have expressed frustration on microblogging site Twitter, while BT’s customer care page has been dealing with inquiries.
London isn’t calling
According to BT’s status page, customers located in areas with dialling codes 0203, 0207 and 0208 are affected.
“We’re really sorry but we’ve got a problem at the moment in the London and surrounding areas, which means that some of our customers will be having trouble getting online,” the status page read. “We’re trying to fix the problem as quickly as we can.”
Business Internet Service Provider (ISP) has suggested in a tweet that the issues were being caused by an outage at Faraday, a core point of presence on its network.
SERVICE ALERT: BT have an outage at Faraday we are curntly waiting on a list of customers affected but this is likely to be widespread.
— FastNet (@fastnet_uk) June 21, 2012
Unexpected Internet sabbath in our house now amid BT broadband woes. Thank goodness for mobile devices…
— Tom Standage (@tomstandage) June 21, 2012
This latest outage appears to be relatively localised. Last October, a major power failure at a BT exchange in Birmingham caused connectivity problems for broadband customers across the UK, while another in 2010 left 20,000 households without broadband in areas of Northern England, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland.
Earlier today, Natwest and RBS customers were hit by a systems glitch which has left many unable to send or receive payments. A number of online systems are currently down and Natwest has been unable to confirm the source of the glitch.
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