Mobile service in Spalding is set to return over the weekend after days of no phone signal
Mobile service should be back up and running in Spalding by tomorrow.
South Holland has been plagued by technical problems this week – with mobile phone service outages and internet blackouts affecting residents at the same time.
Many residents and businesses in downtown Spalding have been without mobile phone service since Tuesday – but the problems are expected to end this weekend.
According to reports, people connected to providers such as O2, Vodafone, Sky Mobile and Giff Gaff were unable to make calls, send texts or access the internet.
O2 apologized and said it was doing “upgrade work” in the area.
Its signal tracking service explained: “Everything should be back to normal by 8 p.m. on Saturday September 24.”
Customers with EE, however, were unaffected – and the issue does not appear to have caused any problems for those outside of Spalding.
The Spalding Guardian understands that a mast in the town, believed to be operated by O2 and Vodafone, has been destroyed.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson urged residents to continue to call 999 in the event of an emergency even if they don’t have a phone signal – promising they’ll still be able to get through.
Several utility websites and phone systems also went down on Wednesday morning – reportedly due to a major outage affecting businesses in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.
The problem is said to have affected councils, schools and libraries.
The South East Lincolnshire Partnership – which includes South Holland District Council – tweeted: ‘The council’s internet and sitelink service providers have reported that there is a major outage affecting a number of organizations in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.
“During this time, there may be service disruption issues for residents and businesses using our website.
“Our suppliers are working to resolve the outage as quickly as possible and we will update once it has been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”
Lincolnshire Police said it appeared the internet problems were linked to a problem with the broadband itself – and there was ‘no indication’ it was due to anything other than a technical problem.
The phone signal problem is not believed to be related to the broadband outage, but the emergence of the two together has caused headaches for businesses and services.