Switzerland was affected on Friday morning July 9 by a large outage of emergency numbers, unreachable from landlines in much of the country since night. The problem particularly affects large cities such as Zurich, Basel and Geneva.
The affected cantons quickly disseminated replacement numbers on the AlertSwiss website, the Confederation’s portal for dealing with emergencies, or through Twitter.
The origin of the failure is not yet known but, according to the operator Swisscom, the problem currently affects calls to fixed lines and “The calls are established” more “Interrupted after a few seconds”.
The blackout affects fixed lines, commercial numbers but also emergency. However, calls to the mobile network are not affected, specifies the incumbent telecommunications operator in Switzerland, who says “Doing everything possible to restore the situation”.
In France, on June 2, a major outage in the network of the operator Orange had massively disrupted access to emergency numbers – 15 (SAMU), 17 (police), 18 (fire brigade), 112 ( single European number).