Feeds

BT operator: 'What service do you require?'

Caller: 'Er, one that works'

Security for virtualized datacentres

If you burnt your roast chicken in the Birmingham area and needed to call out the fire brigade yesterday, you would have been stuffed.

More than 35,000 Brummies were unable to make landline calls or contact emergency services after thieves cut through BT cables causing severe disruption to telephone lines, the BBC reports.

Handsworth Sorting Office was raided by thieves late on Saturday night, which led to complete service loss to much of central Birmingham and the Black Country.

Burgulars cut cables at an exchange located behind the sorting office. It is not known if this was done deliberately or by mistake, but the thieves left empty-handed.

People were advised to use mobile phones or to run to their nearest police station in an emergency while BT worked on getting the lines up and running.

By this morning BT had restored much of the telephone service, but warned of intermittent problems as minor repairs were completed. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.