Maintenance has caused an internet outage in Canada


Rogers, one of Canada’s largest mobile and internet service providers, has apologized for the nationwide outage of its services that began on Friday.

Maintenance has caused an internet outage in Canada

According to the company’s CEO, Tony Staffieri, the failure was caused by “a maintenance update in our core network.”

The blackout on Friday affected transportation, banking, and emergency services, with 911 hotlines and bank ATMs all unavailable.

To connect, Canadians flocked to coffee shops and libraries.

The outage began at 04:30 a.m. local time (08:30 a.m. GMT) on Friday and lasted more than 15 hours, but most services have now been restored.

To connect, Canadians flocked to coffee shops and libraries.

According to Mr. Staffieri, the maintenance work “caused some of our routers to fail early Friday morning.”

The outage had a significant impact on a wide range of services across Canada, reminding us how reliant society has become on modern communications.

Many 911 services reported problems with incoming calls, and hospitals asked on-call personnel to report to work until the problem was resolved.

Lara Morgan described how she struggled to contact emergency services after her son suffered a suspected spinal injury during a rugby game.

She told the Globe and Mail that she eventually found someone with a non-Rogers phone who could call 911, only to find out that ambulance services, too, relied on the Rogers network and were having difficulty dispatching paramedics. Her son was eventually taken to the hospital and was not seriously injured.

Mr Staffieri said in a statement that the company was “particularly troubled that some customers were unable to reach emergency services.”

Some events were also canceled as a result of the outage, including The Weeknd’s Toronto tour date. The performance was scheduled to take place at Rogers Communications Park, home of the Toronto Blue Jays.

A trial hearing for disgraced fashion mogul Peter Nygard in Quebec province was postponed after jail officials were unable to connect him to a videoconference system.

According to critics, the outage demonstrated the need for more competition in the Canadian telecommunications sector.

In Canada, three companies control 90 percent of the market share: Rogers, BCE Inc, and Telus Corp.

Rogers alone is the mobile carrier for nearly 11 million Canadians, and it has a stake in everything from hockey to cable television.

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