Feeds

'Malicious damage' causes Telewest World Cup blackout

Police investigating

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Around 100,000 homes in the Bristol area were left without TV or internet services yesterday after two cables were "maliciously damaged".

Subscribers to the NTL:Telewest service lost their service at around 3pm yesterday afternoon - just an hour before England's crucial World Cup match against Ecuador.

By around 4am this morning engineers had managed to restore services to around half of those affected. The rest should be back up and running later today.

As one hacked off reader put it: "So all those customers who remortgaged their homes to buy that HD Plasma screen with surround sound to watch Beckham vomiting or the Portuguese pushing and shoving their way to victory may feel a bit upset this morning."

In a statement a spokesman for NTL:Telewest said: "Two major cables in the Bristol area were maliciously damaged at approximately 3pm yesterday afternoon.

"The damage affected the TV and broadband internet services of around 100,000 customers in Bristol and the Cotswolds.

"We would like to apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment caused and we are now investigating the incident with the police." ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...
Guess they don't like our battery-draining update?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.