12/6/2018, 10:12 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Millions affected in UK carrier O2's 4G network outage

Second-largest mobile communications operator in the United Kingdom O2 plc has experienced a crash of its 4G network on Thursday, leaving millions of its customers without access to Internet data. Similar problems were reported yesterday with thousands of users. As providers GiffGaff, Sky, Lycamobile and Tesco Mobile use O2's infrastructure, their users have experienced issues with the Internet as well, amounting 32 million users on the network that could be affected.

"One of our third-party suppliers has identified a global software issue in their system which has impacted us. We believe other mobile operators around the world are also affected. Our technical teams are working with their teams to ensure this is fixed as quickly as possible," the company's spokesperson said. O2 was acquired by Spain-based Telefónica in 2006.

Meanwhile, telecommunications services provider BT Group plc also confirmed this morning it is experiencing issues with SMS and MMS messaging, while data and phone calls are not affected. The company announced earlier in the week that it plans to remove all equipment made by Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 3G and 4G architecture within two years.

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