Canada Internet Hits ‘Apocalypse’, Rare Solar Storm Act?

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Internet connectivity in Canada, both via mobile phones and other devices, experienced major disruptions over the weekend. Thus, many services crash for citizens to be upset by the internet apocalypse.

The country’s largest internet service provider, Roger Communications, is reportedly having trouble providing a connection. ATM services, hospitals and government operations across the country were also affected.

It is unclear 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 fall of the Internet 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 hard, like they do at home, because they don’t have in-house service,” said a Starbucks customer in Toronto. Reuters.

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

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

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

Internet undersea cables may experience interference from solar storms are rare because undersea cables use repeater to amplify the signal over long distances.

Repeaters these are prone to electrical disturbances, and if even one malfunctions, it could theoretically collapse an entire underwater route. According to Sangeetha Jyothi’s modeling, this should happen within the next 20 to 25 years.

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

But for computer science professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Umkishore Ramchandran, the internet apocalypse doesn’t necessarily happen because the internet is basically built for resilience. Whether repeater fails, the web is able to automatically redirect traffic through a different route that is still in use.

“There is enough redundancy at the heart of the network,” he said. “These failures are recognized at higher levels of the network stack to redirect flows around failing routes.”

“At best, the impact on internet usage speed is small due to congestion spikes, but it’s unlikely to be catastrophic.”

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