Break-in disrupts Vodafone services
Monday 28 February 2011
Millions of Vodafone customers in southern England lost services today when burglars smashed their way into a building and stole vital network equipment.
The raiders entered the building in Basingstoke, Hants, early this morning and took or damaged the network and IT hardware causing services to crash, Vodafone said.
There was a loss of voice, text and internet access across the south for millions of customers of the mobile phone giant.
A Vodafone spokesman said voice services were now up and running with text and data also due to be working soon.
"We had a break-in last night at one of our technical facilities which resulted in damage done to some of our equipment," the spokesman explained.
"This means that some customers may be experiencing temporary loss of voice, sms and internet services.
"We are working quickly to restore these and will be back to normal as soon as we can.
"There has been no impact on the privacy of customers' data."
Hampshire police are believed to be investigating the theft but the force has not released any information to the media.
Officers said they were called to the property at 5am and that the raid was a targeted attack.
Detective Sergeant Lee McClellan, from Basingstoke CID, said: "We are still in the very early stages of our investigation but at this stage it appears to be a targeted attack on these premises.
"We are conducting a number of inquiries but would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a vehicle in the Houndsmill area during the early hours of Monday morning, or any vehicles stopped on the A339."
Life & Style blogs
Why it matters 26 million people have changed their Facebook profile picture to a rainbow flag
What supermodels really think about posing in the nude
The age of inactivity: How laziness is killing us
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Zero divided by zero: Ask Siri a simple question, have your social life mocked
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Greece crisis: Alexis Tsipras accepts troika bailout proposals with conditions
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 French woman dies in freak bungee jumping accident
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Project Coordinator is requir...
£26000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An IT Support Technician is req...
£18000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + competitive: SThree: As an Associate Recruitment C...