Thunderstorms cause domino outage to Verizon, AT&T Mobility in Manhattan

Severe thunderstorms and telecom equipment are not a good match as illustrated by a recent outage that affected both Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T Mobility (NYSE: T) in Manhattan.

A severe thunderstorm that brought down one of Verizon's digital cross connect systems not only affected its own wireline customers but also AT&T Mobility's wireless customers. Although a Verizon spokesperson quoted in a Total Telecom article said technicians are repairing the damaged equipment, there was no indication when it would be able to restore service.  

It appears the outage only affected a limited amount of Verizon's wireline and AT&T's wireless subscribers.

Regardless of the size or if it tarnishes both AT&T Mobility's and Verizon's respective images of network quality, the key will be in each service provider's ability to get the equipment repaired and restore service .

For more:
- Total Telecom has this article

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