News reports like this one at the London Telegraph began reporting yesterday and again today that thieves had, using a van as a battering ram, broken into an unmanned Vodafone exchange in Basingstoke between 0100 and 0200 Monday morning, London Time. Once inside the thieves took specialized networking and IT equipment that shut down voice, text and mobile Internet services across a wide area of England.
The Telegraph story says:
Vodafone UK, with 19 million customers, said last night that several hundred thousand customers were affected by the theft.
While most service seems to be back to normal this afternoon (voice calling returned at 1300 yesterday), the Telegraph reports that some customers seem to still have trouble regaining all of their services.
Vodafone is saying that it is now reviewing its security measures at its other networking facilities with the police. No doubt the other major telecoms in the UK are doing likewise.