Discuss: T-Mobile Network Outage

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June 17, 2020 at 05:00:57
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that T-mobile recently experienced a major outage on its cellular network. Discuss here if you experienced this first-hand, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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June 17, 2020 at 06:10:24
Didn't affect me as I use another service... But... it does highlight an issue for those who are totally dependant on cell/mobile phones and don't have a land line at home or in their office. And even worse if they do have a land line and they only have cordless phones - the base station of which requires incoming mains power? Lose that and those cordless phones are useless.

Thus having at least on "olde fashioned" plug in phone around is wise way to go. Ideally at least two; one in the bedroom and another in or very near to the kitchen...?

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June 18, 2020 at 15:53:31
re: "Thus having at least on "olde fashioned" plug in phone around is wise way to go."

I have an olde fashioned plug in phone. It will be of no use to me during a power outage because the service is provided by my cable company and comes through the router. When the power goes out, so goes my phone service.

I believe what you are suggesting is a land-line phone service, with olde fashion phone wires coming from a pole (or underground). That service will (should) be available even during a power outage.

(To be honest, my olde fashioned phone will still work during a power outage but only after I fire up the generator and plug it into the house. The circuit that my router is on is designated as one of the ones I will turn on when the generator is running. Of course, that assumes that my ISP is up and running and still providing services.)

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June 18, 2020 at 16:22:27
Yup... the olde phashioned phone type that is powered by the phone company. Phone companies are obliged by law, in most countries, to maintain the required volts for given period of time, should the general electricity supplies fail.

Where that system fails is when the lines to the exchange(s) are above ground and come down due to weather conditions...

Or the baddies cut the overhead wires - as they usually do most western movies...

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June 18, 2020 at 18:26:41
re: "Where that system fails is when the lines to the exchange(s) are above ground and come down due to weather conditions..."


I've been through 2 major (and more than few minor ice storms) since I moved here in the early '80s.

Ripped the wires off the house both times. The first one took out the phone lines completely but left the power lines connected to the pole and my meter but lying on the ground. I took the trouble to clear the downed branches off of my power lines and make them relatively safe. (Screwed them back onto the house, etc.) 6 days later, when they finally restored power to the neighborhood, they went house to house deciding who would get power and who wouldn't based on the condition of their lines. I was rewarded for my efforts. The neighbors on both sides hadn't done any work and were without power for another 3-4 days.

A few more ice storms and some wind damage and I said enough is enough. I ain't a kid anymore. Power outages suck. I bought a generator, schooled myself on generator interlock kits for the breaker panel, "power inlets" (the reverse of an outlet), etc. One weekend's worth of work and I was all set up. During the last outage I was up and running in under 15 minutes. The outage only lasted a few hours, but it was great real life test. My only issue will be the availability of gasoline, although there is an adapter that will allow me to run the generator on gasoline, propane or natural gas and swap between the fuels at any time. (https://www.motorsnorkel.com/)

I just haven't pulled the trigger on that device yet. As soon as I do, I'll probably never have another power outage as long as I live. ;-)

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June 19, 2020 at 00:38:23
Seems we’re going to our work cut out keeping you off line, and sending you back to the Stone Age...

Seriously though, you’ve got quite a back up system... Pity you can’t avail your own local hydro-electric backup, an adequate solar/wind power too.

My #4 was with regard to the phone lines themselves, which are highly visible and vulnerable to all ‘n sundry. Even then the Increase in use of satellite and microwave towers to provide phone links between exchanges and even end users, that final bit of wire remains vulnerable in many locations.

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June 19, 2020 at 21:09:33
The POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) is slowly being replaced by hybrid systems. Either a combination of coax/fiber and last mile copper aka Fiber-to-the Curb (FTTC) ,or by Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH).

If you are one of the few living in the vicinity of the Central Tel. Exchange (3-4 miles), your telephone wires may run strait from your house to the exchange. Exchange buildings have huge backup systems using batteries and generators to keep the system going, even during calamities. If you are in the dark and your wires are not cut, calling is still possible.
Internet can be supplied using DSL technology.

New developments and remote (more than 4 miles from the central exchange) will have different setup. Residential areas still using copper wires are connected to street-cabinets or a dedicated equipment room somewhere in a hired place. The conversion from analogue to digital happens here and additional equipment/services like internet is added. This can be fairly small and supply hundreds of subscribers. A battery backup keeps the system running for up to 8 hours.

Office buildings and residential housing blocks & compounds have their own dedicated telecom room. Makes it easy to add equipment.

In the above setups power is still guaranteed to your telephone set.
With FTTH this will not be the case. Power backup is at the subscriber side. The Huawei fiber-modem in my home, installed by the ISP, has a connector for a battery-pack. So there is still a possibility to keep your phone alive in case of a power-cut.... including internet.

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