Wednesday, 05 August 2020 17:20

NBN satellite outage caused by extreme weather event

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The NBN Co's Sky Muster satellite was hit by an outage today due to an extreme weather event, with services not available from about 10.30am till 4pm.

Replying to a tweet, the NBN Co said: "We’re currently experiencing an issue with one of our satellites. Just before 9.30am AEDT, we suspect the satellite experienced a natural radiation event – similar to an extreme weather event – and went into self-preservation mode to avoid being damaged.

"Natural radiation events are common in space and are known to disrupt a range of satellite services.

"We’re working on re-enabling network traffic through the satellite, however it, may take several hours to fully restore services."

At about 4pm, the Internet service provider SkyMesh said NBN engineers were working on recovering all offline services.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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