World-wide-web services have been down or running slowly but surely in various French metropolitan areas on Wednesday following fibre optic cables were being minimize right away in “assaults” on the critical infrastructure, telecom operators mentioned.
“The assaults took place overnight at 4 am. Our groups have been at get the job done given that this early morning,” a spokesman for Free, an world-wide-web and mobile mobile phone assistance supplier, instructed AFP.
In a information on Twitter, the corporation referred to “various malicious acts” concentrating on its cables.
Competitor SFR reported it had professional “a number of fibre cuts” in the Paris location and in Lyon in southeast France.
Other operators these kinds of as Bouygues Telecom are not affected mainly because they use unique networks, but challenges were being described by end users all over the country like in the metropolitan areas of Strasbourg and Grenoble.
The supply of the difficulty is not known at this stage, but gurus stressed that evidently coordinated cuts to fibre optic cables have been unparalleled.
“This kind of incident at this scale in no way occurs,” a person stability source instructed AFP on problem of anonymity. “It can be the 1st time and we don’t know who it is for the instant.”
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