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Network Outage In Canada Distrupts Calling, Banking Activities

A massive network outage in Canada that took out mobile and internet networks at the country’s top telecoms provider was improving late Friday, the company said, after disrupting services including banking, calling, cashless payments and policing.

Telecoms firm Rogers reported progress late in the day, stating that “wireless services are starting to recover.”

As per NetBlocks, an internet watchdog group, a quarter of Canada’s internet connections were “knocked out.”

Rogers is Canada’s top mobile carrier, with more than 11 million wireless subscribers and nearly three million internet users, collectively controlling along with Bell Inc. and Telus Corp. almost 90 percent of the wireless market, reports say.

While it was unclear what caused the outages, Evan Koronewski, a spokesman for the Communications Security Establishment, a government agency responsible for cybersecurity and signals intelligence, told AFP that “at this time, CSE has no indication this is related to malicious cyber threats.”

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