Canada affected by Internet “Apocalypse”, a rare solar storm caused?

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Internet connectivity in Canada, both via cell phones and other devices, experienced major disruptions over the weekend. Thus, many services crash so the residents were distraught because of the internet apocalypse.

The country’s largest internet service provider, Roger Communications, reportedly struggled to provide a connection. ATM services, hospitals and government operations across the country were also affected.

It is not known for certain what exactly caused their internet crash. According to internet monitoring agency NetBlocks, internet traffic has dropped around 75% from normal levels due to the disruption. As we know, Rogers has 11 million subscribers across Canada.

The Internet collapse has also put immigration offices, courts and payment systems in trouble. The same goes for hospital services.

In urban areas, people flock to cafes and places with working Wi-Fi.

“There are a lot of people here with their laptops working as hard as they do at home, because they don’t have service at home,” said a Starbucks customer in Toronto. Reuters.

This is the second major outage affecting Rogers in just over a year. Back in April, customers reported intermittent dropouts when trying to access data or make voice calls.

Speaking of internet apocalypse, a scientist warns of the potential for internet apocalypse as solar storms are rare. How did it happen?

The potential for the internet apocalypse has been revealed by University of California Irvine professor Sangeetha Jyothi. He said undersea internet cables would potentially experience major disruptions.

Internet undersea cables may experience disruptions due to rare solar storms due to the use of undersea cables repeaters to amplify signals over long distances.

Repeaters these are susceptible to power outages, and if even one malfunctions, it could theoretically collapse the entire underwater route. Based on Sangeetha Jyothi’s modeling, this is expected to happen within the next 20 to 25 years.

A rare solar storm, he said, could shut down some of the world’s internet infrastructure. In addition to causing power outages in a matter of months, quoted by Digital trends.

But for a professor of computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Umkishore Ramchandran, the end of the Internet is not certain because the Internet is essentially designed for resilience. Whether repeaters fails, the web is able to automatically redirect traffic through a different route that is still operational.

“There’s a good amount of redundancy at the heart of the network,” he says. “These failures are recognized at a higher level of the network stack to redirect flow around the failed route.”

“At best, the impact on used internet speeds is small due to congestion spikes, but unlikely to be catastrophic.”

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