In the news - O2 customers inconvenienced by network outage

In the news: Teaching resources - 12 July

Few lols as O2 network outage leaves thousands without coverage

Thousands of mobile phone users have been left without signal for nearly a day after a major network failure.

Many customers of the O2 network – the second-largest in the UK – have found themselves without mobile phone service, including the ability to send and receive texts and calls.

A spokesman for O2 said that engineers believe that the fault lies with how mobile phones register with the network. This means that, in theory, someone without service could be in the same vicinity as another O2 customer who is able to make and receive calls and texts as normal.

Many disgruntled customers took to social media sites to register their discontent. They included choirmaster Gareth Malone, who said that he was finding the phone silence "disconcerting".

"What if there's an emergency?" he tweeted. "I haven't used a phone box since 1998."

Related resources

Electro-magnetic spectrum: radio and microwaves, analogue/digital

  • This visually-based survey of what radio waves and microwaves do covers mobile phone networks and the mobile safety debate

Out of Your Hands – primary competition resource

  • Create a campaign for your school raising the profile of mobile phone crime to help reduce the number of young people with mobile phones who become victims.

Mobile phone project

  • Imagination is the only limit in this lesson plan that allows your students to design a brand new mobile phone.

Should mobile phones be banned in schools?

  • Help your pupils develop their persuasive writing skills with this lively debate topic.

Further news resources

First News front page

  • Help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper.

Write all about it

  • Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide

What is the News?

  • A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.

On the box

  • Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.

Structuring stories

  • A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.

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