911, ATMs and debit card services down in Canada due to major internet outage. What we know

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Canada: Due to a massive outage of the Rogers Communications Inc. network in Canada, millions of people were left without any internet or mobile service. Canada’s largest mobile and internet service provider was affected by this major network outage which caused ATMs, hotlines, courthouses, passport offices and other facilities to were hit Friday night.Also Read – Neha Kakkar Lays Down On Floor, Performs Crazy Naagin Dance With Rohanpreet Singh At Event, Watch Hilarious Video

According to a notice posted by the telecommunications company’s website, the outage also affected its phone, chat service, as well as home and wireless facilities. The outage risks exacerbating passport backlogs that have left Canadians queuing outside Service Canada offices for long periods as the government resolves a backlog. Read also – “No lunch, teachers ask for massages”: students at the Katihar Vandalize school in Bihar | Watch the video

In a statement, Rogers confirmed that the outages are currently affecting its wired and wireless networks, but the reason is still unknown. The outage began around 4:30 a.m. local time on Friday, and internet traffic was down to around 75% of its normal level. Also Read – Malaika Arora Exudes Elegance in White Veil Embellished Saree, Fans Say ‘I Can’t Believe You’re 48’ – Hot Pics

Many retailers and businesses were also struggling when trying to accept payments as Interac, which handles electronic financial transactions, said its online debit and payment offerings and electronic transfer services were affected.

Among the most serious repercussions were warnings from police in Toronto and Ottawa, which reported connection problems when Canadians called 911.

Toronto’s Go Transit said in a tweet that parts of its system were affected by the outage and fares cannot be purchased with debit or credit cards. E-tickets may also be unavailable, he warned.

According to a report by the BBC, many people in urban areas crowded around cafes and places with working Wi-Fi.

The country’s telecommunications sector is dominated by three major carriers – Rogers, BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. — and their hold on the industry has long been of concern to academics, who have called on regulators to increase competition for mobile and internet services in Canada. . Rogers is the largest wireless service provider, with approximately 11.3 million subscribers across the country.

“The outage highlights the general lack of competition in telecommunications in Canada,” said Vass Bednar, executive director of McMaster University’s Masters in Public Policy program.

Experts said more competition should be introduced in this concentrated wireless market, where the Big Three serve about 87% of Canadian subscribers.

This is the second major outage to hit Rogers in just over a year.

(With contributions from the agency)

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