Monday, November 17, 2014
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Earlier today, around midday, the Omantel telecom system appeared to suffer a massive shut down, and shortly afterwards, Ooredoo banged offline too. Ooredoo came back intermittently and people were able to make calls to other Ooredoo customers around 1pm, with full capacity (including Internet back) around 3pm. Landlines and ATMs were down (no banking) and no Internet was available at all for some time, not even the emergency number (9999) was working. At the time of writing, nearly 5pm, Omantel services are still not restored.

I was under the impression that Ooredoo and Omantel had their own connectivity to the world outside Oman, so it seems a little weird that we'd lose both within Oman and outside Oman communications, and that both networks went down at the same time.

My guess is that this shutdown may have been an accident and someone pushed the wrong button!

What do you think?

le fin.

15 comments:

BigManInOman said...

Kim Kardashian's arse broke Omantel.

bladenomics said...

I thought this post had something to do with Kim K lol!


Anonymous said...

I asked at Omantel kiosk and was told it was a minor issue I said the country is cut off from the rest of the world, pretty major disaster if you ask me. Maybe they should tell the cleaner what plug to disconnect when he plugs in his vacuum next time.

Anonymous said...

This event seems real suspicious

Anonymous said...

Another eventuality of the distinct lack of competition permitted.

Anonymous said...

They had to bring in specialists from the outside of Oman to fix it.

OmanMobile Employee said...

Till now the official line being touted to the staff and technicals at Omantel is that there is a cable fault, seemingly construction/Al Ansari related. that involves a fiber optic backbone. Something about the Core IP Switch of the country going down. And since there is no alternate, the cable will have to be repaired, something which requires imported technicians and at least 2 days to be completed.

As we all know, partial restoration has been possible due to omantel traffic piggybacking on Oredoo infrastructure.

smokingunnz said...

Ah! The single button theory. One button - one numpty. I rest my case.

Anonymous said...

According to a Muscat Daily piece this morning it is OK because Omantel does not foresee any shortening of income as a result of it. That's OK then. Fuck the paying customers and those of that are getting an even worse service from Ooredouchebags as a result of them taking bandwidth.

Anonymous said...

Probably done by those blokes trying to sell secure comms systems to the Civil Defence people - "see what can happen if you rely on civilian systems, that will be a billion Rials please"!

Anonymous said...

haha... good point with the defense remark. Dodgy times we live in.

Anonymous said...

INCOMPETANT NINCOMPOOPS WORKING AT OMANTEL. WHAT MORE TO SAY...

Anonymous said...

The future looks grim (and I'm an optimist)... brace yourselves

Anonymous said...

Just a small Correction. Only omantel lines went down on that day. ooredoo lines were functioning as usual with full power except for any communication to omantel or hosted sites by omantel. Internet was working fine on my phones and i was using ooredoo without any issues on that day

Anonymous said...

You base your correction on what you experienced on a single day? Haha.. good luck buddy

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