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39M Japanese mobile users hit as telecom giant faces glitch

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Jul 04, 2022 - 09:03 AM

ISTANBUL (AA) – Over 39 million mobile phone users are facing voice call disruptions after Japan’s giant telecom operator faced a weekend outage.

KDDI Corp., however, said Monday that “internet and data communication services have been largely restored.”

The network glitch also disrupted banking systems, weather data, parcel deliveries and network-connected cars.

“Up to 39.15 million mobile connections had been affected by a nationwide network disruption that has continued for about 40 hours,” the telecommunications firm said in a statement.

Yasushi Kaneko, Japan’s internal affairs and communications minister, said the disruption should be classified as a “serious incident,” Kyodo News reported.

The KDDI also took a hit at the stock market early on Monday as its shares fell nearly 4% on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Last October, another Japanese service provider NTT Docomo Inc. limited its data traffic after a three-hour power outage affecting its 80 million-strong customer base.

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