Data disruption leaves 32m mobile users offline. Plans to let O2 supply actual O2 put on hold.


After an embarrassing day of disruption, telephony giant O2 has finally managed to get its data network back online.

After a few hours off the grid, briefly able to relax and remain unconcerned about what was trending on Twitter or what their mum had posted on Facebook – O2 customers have finally managed to get back to the levels of coverage they’re used to.

One-bar everywhere, maybe two if you’re up a ladder or standing on the roof.

O2 has 25 million users and also provides services for the Sky, Giffgaff and werewolves’ choice Lycamobile, which have another seven million users between them.

Services such as bus timetable information would also have been affected, had in the past any bus ever arrived according to such a schedule.  As such passengers remained completely unaffected by the disruption.

The disruption raises serious questions about O2’s fitness to operate.

And has also caused the government to rethink plans to allow the mobile operator to branch out and begin supplying the UK’s Oxygen.

Mooted back in 2015 as part of the conservatives long-term plans to privatise anything and everything possible – The O2 O2 plan was set to be rubber-stamped early next year.

That’s now looking increasingly unlikely.

Mobile operator O2 is understood to be seeking millions in damages from supplier Ericsson after last week’s day-long data network collapse.

Though the ex-England manager refutes the claims.

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