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China Outage May Involve Cisco

A recent outage is being traced to a router, according to news reports in Beijing papers, but no blame as officially been pointed Cisco's way.

The July 12 afternoon outage cut Internet access for 200,000 subscribers of Beijing Netcom, a China Netcom subsidiary, according to reports. Beijing Netcom serves more than 2 million subscribers.

The People's Daily Online notes that a "responsible official" yesterday pinned the outage on a router rather than on human error. But China Netcom has made no formal statement saying Cisco's equipment was at fault.

"There is no statement from China Netcom assigning and no statement from Cisco accepting blame for it," a Cisco spokesman says. "The talk that it's all due to a Cisco router is hearsay." The spokesman adds that the outage lasted about 20 minutes; reports from China say it took an hour for Internet connectivity to return to normal.

Cisco and China Netcom are investigating the cause of the outage, the spokesman says.

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 3:08:01 AM
re: China Outage May Involve Cisco "A recent American Network Communications Group Corp (America Net) outage is being traced to a Huawei (pronounced Wow-Whee) router, according to news reports in San Jose papers, but no blame is officially being pointed Huawei's way."

....call me cynical....
dwdm 12/5/2012 | 3:08:01 AM
re: China Outage May Involve Cisco I find it hard to believe that any idiot would design/build a network that can be taken down that easily...
js2003 12/5/2012 | 3:08:01 AM
re: China Outage May Involve Cisco :)

Anything new to this story :)
Did I hear SYSCO:)
brahmos 12/5/2012 | 3:08:00 AM
re: China Outage May Involve Cisco do chinese & indian ISPs buy enough gear to do redundancy on the scale of EU/US operaters ?

I have a huawei DSL model at home (courtesy BSNL-india) and the thing is so hot I have blocked it with a table lest it burn my toddler son. *has* to be kept vertical else it will surely melt. look and feel of a cheap toy. my linksys router behind it has a much better look n feel ($40 at walmart).
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:07:58 AM
re: China Outage May Involve Cisco FYI, here's the China Netcom statement about its service outage...

http://www.lightreading.com/do...
phishphood 12/5/2012 | 3:07:57 AM
re: China Outage May Involve Cisco Craig,

I think you misspelled heresy

a Cisco spokesman says. "The talk that it's all due to a Cisco router is hearsay."
chook0 12/5/2012 | 3:07:55 AM
re: China Outage May Involve Cisco And both made in Shenzhen....

knowing BSNL and Huawei the Huawei model you have probably cost $15 or even less.... Huawei could make $40 rolls-royce models too, but without rich western consumers they wouldn't get many takers...

--Chook

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I have a huawei DSL model at home (courtesy BSNL-india) and the thing is so hot I have blocked it with a table lest it burn my toddler son. *has* to be kept vertical else it will surely melt. look and feel of a cheap toy. my linksys router behind it has a much better look n feel ($40 at walmart).
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