Rating: UK’s DTI makes surreal excuse for Wi-fi unavailability
Until now, GoMobile News that thought that reports that unusual activity on the Sun would affect RF signals were simply scare-mongering. Well, the UK’s DTI accidentally gave such claims credence last Friday [February 10th 2013]. We happened to be attending an Press conference on behalf of Smart UK. The meeting had been arranged in the basement of the DTI’s building in London’s Westminster. Unfortunately, the Wi-fi coverage in the conference rooms had gone down. A DTI spokesperson then revealed that the department’s IT geeks were blaming the loss on “solar flares.” If Wi-fi can be affected, then so can cellular networks.
This unusual activity on the Earth’s star has been predicted to take place for a while. However, when GoMobile News first heard the reports we dismissed them as sensationalist.
That’s all changed now that a UK government body has given unusal Sun activity as a reason for an RF network failing.
GoMobile News itself is highly cynical. The room was packed with ITC hacks as well as cellular industry professionals.
Like ourselves, most attendees were in possession of not one but two devices fighting for a Wi-fi signal.
So there were probably at least 100 individual devices fighting for a signal.
What would you do if you were the Network Nasty responsible for specifying the capacity for the conference facilities and the network fell over because of a massive underestimate?
Here’s a clue. It wasn’t snowing at the time.