Police are investigating after a break-in at Vodafone’s data centre on Sunday night, reports revealed today (1 March).
Vodafone customers lost voice, text and internet access after the break-in at the operator’s exchange centre in Basingstoke.
Some of Vodafone’s 19 million UK customers were still unable to use their phones by yesterday afternoon.
The problems started when thieves broke into the telephone exchange in Basingstoke between 1am and 2am on Monday. Police arrived at the scene at around 5am.
It is understood that the burglars smashed into the premises using a van, and then stole vital equipment including routers worth tens of thousands of pounds.
Police forensics officers were examining the scene yesterday. Detective Sergeant Lee McClennan of Basingstoke CID told the Telegraph: ‘We are still in the very early stages of our investigation but at this stage it appears to be a targeted attack on these premises.’
He appealed for witnesses who may have seen the vehicle stopped on the nearby A339 in the early hours of Monday morning to contact the police.