Weather conditions cause disruption to broadband service

Today’s fine weather may have been enjoyable, but it has also caused recurring breakdowns in broadband service in homes and businesses across the isles.

Shetland Broadband experienced problems across the Cable and Wireless network which it serves.

The organisation’s Ian Brown said atmospheric conditions, or “microwave fading”, were behind the problems.

He said high pressure, light winds and the right humidity level could often cause communication to break down.

“Atmospheric conditions cause the network signals to be bent, and they are missing the dishes,” he said.

Responding  to an enquiry from The Shetland Times, a BT spokeswoman today said there were “no initial indications” of problems with its network.


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  • Colin Hunter

    • April 30th, 2011 0:08

    Oh aye! That’ll be right! My BT internet service went down about 5 or 6 times today that I was aware of, may well have been more if I’d been paying attention. Roll on Fibre!


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