|| System failure hits BT|
cofi writes "Just spotted this over at the register
"Thousands" of UK ADSL users upgrading to a 1Mb service have had their broadband connection cut off because of a systems failure at BT.|
At this stage it's not known exactly how many people upgrading from 512k to 1Mb have been hit by the snafu but some readers tell us that when they contacted BT tech support they were told that "thousands" had been caught up in the mess.
One reader who contacted us yesterday after his broadband
connection had been down for more than 24 hours told us: "Since jacking
up the line to 1Mbit, I've had no broadband connection 'whatsoever' now
for 26 hours, with BT passing me between and betwixt technial and order
management, whose estimates of when it all might be fixed range from 10
am yesterday morning, to perhaps today, or maybe tomorrow."
Another told us: "What a joke. No one knows what's going on."
Details are still sketchy but it seems that BT Wholesale suffered a
"systems failure" on Monday that created a backlog of orders for
punters looking to regrade their xDSL services from 512k to 1Mb. The
systems failure would have affected all ISPs and their customrs looking
to regrade earlier this week.
Normally, the switchover is only meant to result in a downtime of
around 30 minutes as punters are disconnected from their 512k service
and reconnected to the faster service. As a result of the glitch,
though, punters were disconnected from their 512k service - but not
reconnected to the faster one.
As a result these users have been without broadband for the last 48 hours or so.
A spokeswoman for BT Wholesale said that it was still working to
clear the backlog of orders. At this stage she was unable to say how
many people had been caught up in the mess, and how many had been left
with no broadband.
Source - the register"
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