Network outage

A massive nationwide internet outage hit Canada recently caused primarily because of a maintenance update core network. 90% of the telecom market share in Canada is controlled by three companies – Rogers, BCE Inc and Telus Corp. The recent outage was caused by Rogers Communications, one of the big three telecom providers, who faced a service outage that lasted for over 15 hours affecting transport, banking, ATM services, and emergency services too. The company provides internet to 10 million wireless subscribers and 2.25 million retail internet subscribers, making it one of the leading telecom providers in Canada. This is the second major outage that affected Rogers Communication in the past year. Rogers Communication has been attempting to take over its rival, Shaw Communications, in a $20 billion deal, however, Canada’s competition bureau blocked the deal as it would reduce the competition further in the country’s telecom segment. The concerns about the dominance of the telecom sector by three companies have been growing in Canada for a long time. India too is stepping into a similar situation with Jio and Airtel dominating the telecom sector with BSNL and MTNL in losses and Vodafone-Idea barely surviving.