Millions of Skype Internet telephony worldwide could not make calls – or have been abandoned in mid-conversation – because of a failure of the network connection that began around 9 am PST Wednesday. It marked the second time this year that the popular, low-cost calling service has been hit by a major outage, and it was more widespread than the interruption of two days in 2007.
Twitter users worldwide take for the social network to announce that Skype is down to them. Tweets started to hit Twitter this morning, and continue as of this writing. Users are also reporting that their mobile applications, including those on Android and the iPhone is unusable.
According to the company, he “noticed that the number of people online on Skype fell, which was not typical or expected.” After investigating the matter, Skype has concluded that “a large number of supernodes,” which act as the telephone directory services of all kinds, “have been taken offline by a problem affecting some versions of Skype.”
To solve the problem, engineers at Skype are currently “the creation of new” mega-supernodes “who should get the service running normally in a” few hours. “Functionality of Skype video chat group could take more time to be fixed It is interesting to monitor the status of Skype (heartbeat.skype.com) shows no problems. All services are said to be working normally, with the last number called, dated Thursday, December 16. That day, said Skype “and sign the registration” issues among other problems, but it is unclear whether there is a correlation with failure today.
Last month, Skype has reached a milestone of 25 million simultaneous users. Many of these people rely on this service for work and other important functions, so that the fault was probably a major drawback. The last major interruption occurred in 2007 and took 12-24 hours to resolve. As I write, I was unable to connect to the service.
In a blog, Skype said it noticed a problem when the number of people on the website has been delivered. He “was not typical or expected, we began to investigate,” he said. “Skype is not a network like a traditional telephone or instant messaging network – instead, it relies on millions of individual connections between computers and phones to keep things rolling,” said the post . “Disconnected Unfortunately, today many of them have been taken.”
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