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VIDEO Eclipse Internet Shows Real-time Impact of UK Storm on Broadband

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 (11:20 am) - Score 1,247

Broadband ISP Eclipse Internet has uploaded a truly fascinating new video that shows the real-time impact of Monday’s fierce St Jude’s Day storm on Internet connections across the south of England. We haven’t seen anything quite like this before so it’s worth a look.

Eclipse’s Managing Director, Clodagh Murphy, explained that their Internet connectivity monitoring tool clearly shows dropped connections (the yellow, orange and red dots) as the storm tracked from west to east.

As reported on Monday (here), many of the outages are likely to have been caused by related power cuts, electrical interference from thunder and lighting, downed telegraph poles / cut cables and localised flooding etc. The video below indicates that the east of England took the biggest beating, at least in terms of power and broadband connectivity.

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  1. Avatar MikeW

    Back in the nineties, I saw exactly the same kind of effect…

    But back then, it was in the O&M centre of one of the mobile operators. The effect was caused by rain fade in the then-common microwave backhaul to the cell sites.

  2. I remember having an older first-gen ADSL modem and it would always drop out when lightning struck, even if the event itself was occurring many miles away and only appeared barely visible across the horizon. Naturally I swapped it for something better.

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