Top cellular telephone providers of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile is reported to experience blackouts around the same time that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp goes down.
Tens of thousands of cellphone users were left without services around the world when the blackout began at around 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday, the Daily Mail reported.
Customers say they cannot connect to the internet using cellular data, but are able to use WiFi. They can still make phone calls and send text messages.
Cellular blackouts are concentrated in US major cities including New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas. Customers in the UK and some Europeans also have service problems, the Daily Mail reported.
Speculation circulated that cellular blackouts were linked, but none of the three main providers had confirmed.
Cellular blackouts occur right before Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger fell around the world around 11.44 in the morning ET, according to downdetector. Interference on the social media platform continues for two hours and continues to grow.
Close to 150,000 Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users say they cannot access the platform in half an hour, according to downdetector. More than 2 billion people use three platforms every day, and the three are run by Facebook.
Facebook has not provided an explanation for blackouts but apologizes and declares it ‘works to return to normal as soon as possible’.
Tiktok was then reported to also suffer from global blackouts.
Blackouts of more than two hours have cost the global economy of $ 160 million, according to NetBlocks, which tracks internet blackouts.
There is also a report that the Amazon web service fell.