Media warfire on T-mobile networks
According to a report from Theverge
T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T customers have trouble making calls across the United States, according to user reports on Downdetector and social media, reports increasing around 2:20 p.m. ET.
The problem seems to have completely disappeared from T-Mobile: while AT&T tells The Verge that its network “works normally” and Verizon says that its network “works well”, T-Mobile has now confirmed that it is fixing the “Voice and data problem affecting customers across the country.”
In our own tests at replacement York and Seattle, we found that calls from T-Mobile failed almost immediately after making the call. We also found that cellular service on our phones was intermittent, as the bands sometimes dropped to zero or lost access to high-speed data.
In April, Sprint and T-Mobile completed their $ 26 billion merger, making the merged cellular network the third largest carrier in the United States after AT&T and Verizon.
Many Verge employees were unable to call T-Mobile. Sprint, now a subsidiary of T-Mobile, and US Cellular also seem to be facing problems.
We do not know what the problem is right now. It goes without saying that what appears to be a multi-network failure can in fact come from a single operator, because the people who report failed calls do not always know which operator the recipient is using.
Others have reported problems with other networks. Upon arrival, spokespersons for AT&T and Verizon (which owns TechCrunch) said their networks were functioning normally. Sprint has yet to respond to a request for comment.
There is no indication that the interruption was caused by a cyber attack.
Reportage said level 3, the main backbone of the fiber optic network that cell phone networks rely on to direct calls and messages, is down, which could explain the network down .
But a spokesperson for Century Link, who has level 3, said there was no power outage in his network.
Large-scale cell network outages are rare, but they do happen. In 2017, CenturyLink suffered a network outage affecting all major U.S. operators and 911 fiber emergency services for calls. In some US counties, officials have sent emergency alerts to cell phone users to warn them of 911 service outages.
Updated to indicate that carrier approved text messages also appear to be affected, With AT&T and Verizon responses, With an update to the CEO of T-Mobile; With a statement from CenturyLink. An earlier version of this report incorrectly mentioned the job title of Neville Ray.