Why Did The Cellular Networks Have Problems?
from the aftermath dept
A ton of articles over the weekend have been focusing on the question of why did the mobile phone networks have so many problems during the blackouts. The most basic answer is that the networks were simply overloaded, with everyone trying to make phone calls at once. In fact, while some article said that landlines fared better – personally, I had just as much trouble getting through to people on landlines as I did on cellular lines. The other problem is that many of the cell sites lost power. One interesting side effect, is that people were swamping pay phone booths – which most people have been writing off as a completely dead technology. The best comment I heard (can’t remember where…) was imagine what would have happened if folks like Verizon had already converted all their payphones into WiFi station when all those wandering Manhattan-ites needed to make phone calls. Of course, had they been equipped with Voice-over-WiFi phones, then maybe we’d be hearing about how those lines were swamped too.