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US business network outage affected many online services

The American telecommunications company CenturyLink suffered a network outage lasting several hours on Sunday affecting websites, streaming platforms and video games in the United States and Europe, including online broadcasts of Ligue 1 matches in France.

“On August 30, customers in various international markets were affected by an outage across our network”, the company told AFP. “We can now confirm that all services have been restored at 11:12 am (5:12 pm Paris time)”, CenturyLink said. According to the Downdetector site, the outage lasted more than five hours.

A failure that affected many services

At least 10,000 customers of the Monroe, Louisiana-based company suffered from connection problems for several hours, according to the same source. Among them are major sites such as Amazon, eBay, Starbucks or even the Hulu streaming platforms and those of PlayStation network and XBox Live video games.

In France, Téléfoot subscribers found themselves with a black screen on the channel's applications, which affected the broadcast of Ligue 1 matches on Sunday.

While CenturyLink has not clarified the reason for the outage, it could be related to problems in the network at one of its data centers, according to the company website. In 2018, CenturyLink was also the victim of a massive bug affecting ATMs and emergency calls (911) in the United States.

The World with AFP

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