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[Resolved - March 2014] Issue with losing 3G connection

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**This issue is now resolved, please see the final update below**

 

Hi everyone,

 

We are currently experiencing an intermittent issue where some handsets appear to be losing their data service.  This is affecting a small number of customers and some of you have already raised queries about it here on the Community.

 

To fix this issue, please just ‘power-cycle’ your phone (turn it off, wait a few seconds and turn it on again).  This may seem like the usual solution to many technical problems like this, but it serves to completely disconnect your phone from the network and it should then re-establish itself on the network again with a working connection.

 

We are working hard to get to the bottom of the issue.  Unfortunately due to the intermittent nature of the issue it is difficult to pinpoint the root cause but we are confident our engineers will get to the bottom of it shortly.

 

If you are continuing to have issues with your data, please double-check your data settings first to ensure that your phone is still storing the correct settings.

 

Techie Kev

 


Final update: Wednesday 19th March at 18:00

 

This issue is now being marked as resolved. As I mentioned before, a fix was put in place by the other operator to stop sending the disconnect data message to our handsets. In the last two weeks we have done extensive testing and we have not seen the issue re-occur. The other operator has also tested this and has seen the same positive results.

 

We know this issue, in particular the amount of time it took to resolve, was extremely frustrating for you all. It isn’t something we have taken lightly. The fact the cause was outside our own network and core systems meant it took longer to pinpoint the issue.

 

Providing you with a reliable internet service is a key priority for us. We have invested considerably in improving your internet speeds and reliability over the past 12 months.   With this issue now resolved, we hope you will now be able to continue to enjoy fast and reliable data speeds on 48.

 

If you do have an issue using your internet then it will be related to another issue. Please check your internet settings first, if these are correct then please ask a 48 agent who can look into this for you.

 


 

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Fri 7th March at 16:35

We are confident that this issue is now resolved.  A fix has been put in place by the other operator so that they are no longer sending the disconnect data message to our handsets.  This fix has undergone extensive testing by them to ensure it works correctly for both our customers and their own. We have also completed extensive testing today and we have not seen the issue occur again.

 

We will continue to monitor this closely over the coming days until we are sure this is fixed before we close this issue as resolved.

 

Tues 4th March @ 16:52

We are confident that we have finally got to the bottom of what is causing this issue. We have discovered that another network is sending a message to our customer’s handsets to stop it from using data.

 

This happens when a 48 phone loses coverage and then attempts to reconnect to the network. If the other network’s signal is stronger it picks this up first. This request should simply be rejected until the phone re-connects to 48, however in this case a message is being sent to the phone to tell it to disconnect from all data, even when 48 is picked up again.

 

A solution is being tested by the other network and we should have more information in the coming days. We really appreciate your patience with this issue. It has been a really complicated issue to get to the bottom of, particularly as this is another network affecting our customer’s handsets. All resources will continue to work on this until it is resolved.

 

Please remember, if you do lose your data connection, please just ‘power-cycle’ your phone (turn it off, wait a few seconds and turn it on again) to restore the connection.

 


 

Tues 18th Feb @ 12:00

Following a number of different changes we have implemented on our systems, we are seeing a noticeable decrease in the number of customers reporting this particular issue.  We are now closely monitoring this to see if the issue has been resolved for everyone.

 

You can lose your data for a number of reasons (handset issue, congestion at peak times, local signal issue, etc).  The storms over the past week have also caused disruption to signals across the country, which could also have affected your data connection. So, it can be difficult to pinpoint if a customer losing their data is related to this particular issue.

 

A key symptom of this issue is the E, 3G or H symbol disappearing from your phone, but you still have a signal (the signal bars) and calls/texts are working fine, it is just your data that is not working.  A restart of your phone resolves the issue and the data symbol returns to your phone.

 

If you are still experiencing this exact issue and the 'phone restart' fix has worked for you we really want to hear about it from you.  There are some details that would be very useful for us to have, so if you could also let us know:

 

  • Type of phone
  • What services (calls, text or data) or apps you were using at the time
  • General area you were in when it happened
  • Has the issue happened just once or more often?
  • Did your data symbol (E, 3G, H, H+, etc) disappear while you had no data?
  • Did calls and texts work while you had no data?
  • What data symbol did you see before lost data (E, 3G, H, H+, etc)
  • When did you notice you lost data?
  • Were you on the move when it happened?         

 


 

4th February @ 15:43

We are still actively working on resolving this issue. We made a number of further updates to our systems overnight as part of this work. We are monitoring all our systems closely today to determine if these changes have fixed the issue. In the event these changes haven’t been successful it will help us narrow the focus to other potential reasons for customers losing their data connection.

 

Please let us know here on this Community post if you have lost 3G internet connection again today (after 6am on Tuesday 4th February).  Also, please let us know if you have been repeatedly losing your 3G connection and it now appears to be stable again.  Your updates here will help us determine the success of these changes.

 

Remember, a ‘power-cycle’ of your phone will resolve the issue if it happens to you.

 


 

Tues 28th Jan @ 17:10

Just a quick update on the investigations into this issue. Due to the ongoing nature of it a dedicated investigation team from a number of our service providers will be working on it until the issue is resolved. A number of further tests are planned overnight and tomorrow morning to get to the root cause. I will continue to provide updates here on the progress of these tests.


Please remember, if you do lose your data connection, power-cycling (turn off and on again) your phone will restore the connection

 

Average Joe

Re: Lost your 3G connection?

Hi

 

I'm having an issue with my 3G, it is not an intermittant issue. There is not connection at all. 

 

The fone is a Motorola Moto G. I have tried the generic APN setting for both internet and then internet +mms. 

 

I have roaming turn on. and I have tried turning it off and on again a couple of times.

 

Could you let me know if this is related to your intermittant issues or is it something else which I need to get resolved.

 

Thank you.

Rock Star

Re: Lost your 3G connection?

 

Cusmar

 

Can you provide these detail's...

 

Did the phone ever connect to internet?

 

Have you tried the other ways to configure... 48 Tweakker or Online Tweakker app or just the Generic setting's?

 

Can you post back on the Help forum as this is the Techie Update section...

 

 

:-) 

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Average Joe

Re: Lost your 3G connection?

I have samsung s4 and same problem all day I did raise a message to yous no reply
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The Legend

Re: Lost your 3G connection?


shaner016 wrote:
I did raise a message to yous no reply

Just to be clear - people posting here are not 48 representatives or employees with rare exceptions.

 

If you have logged a help request then 48 support will eventually respond to it.

 

How to get help

 

Hope this helps.



If this answers your question then please mark your question as solved - see here.
Average Joe

Re: Lost your 3G connection?

Hey
I've this prob,but not just data...also calls-Total loss of reception..I do the power down and it works for a man then back to no signal. I'm in Newbridge co.Kildare and it seems to be different at other spots around d town. Is it my sim???
Posted from Feiteng GT-H9500
Crew Member

Re: Issue with some customers losing 3G connection

Latest Update - Tues 28th Jan @ 17:10

Just a quick update on the investigations into this issue. Due to the ongoing nature of it a dedicated investigation team from a number of our service providers will be working on it until the issue is resolved. A number of further tests are planned overnight and tomorrow morning to get to the root cause. I will continue to provide updates here on the progress of these tests.


Please remember, if you do lose your data connection, power-cycling (turn off and on again) your phone will restore the connection

Average Joe

Re: Issue with some customers losing 3G connection

I was having this problem for a while now but turning on and off flight mode sorted it.Now I'm having the opposite, mobile data is working but if I try and use the phone it says mobile network not available. How is this possible?
Posted from Samsung GT-I9195
Gladiator

Re: Issue with some customers losing 3G connection

iPhone5; 7.0.4

 

Same happend to me at ~4.30pm today. I just did a hard reset and it seems to be back in operation.

 

Thanks for the updates !!

Average Joe

Re: Issue with some customers losing 3G connection

Exact same problem here, also moto g
Posted from Generic Android
Average Joe

Re: Issue with some customers losing 3G connection

Sorry saoir & jordanoregan. Have u the same issue as me?
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Crew Member

Re: Issue with some customers losing 3G connection

Latest update: Tues 4th February @ 15:43

We are still actively working on resolving this issue. We made a number of further updates to our systems overnight as part of this work. We are monitoring all our systems closely today to determine if these changes have fixed the issue. In the event these changes haven’t been successful it will help us narrow the focus to other potential reasons for customers losing their data connection.

 

Please let us know here on this Community post if you have lost 3G internet connection again today (after 6am on Tuesday 4th February).  Also, please let us know if you have been repeatedly losing your 3G connection and it now appears to be stable again.  Your updates here will help us determine the success of these changes.

 

Remember, a ‘power-cycle’ of your phone will resolve the issue if it happens to you.

Average Joe

Re: Issue with some customers losing 3G connection

i topped up today by 20e and then text don to 1745, i then got a message back saying it was successful and that i had paid my memebership i then couldnt get my internet to work so i logged onto my 48 and its telling me i didnt pay my memebrship although ye took 20e credit off me.. i am still able to make calls and texts.

just wanted to know if my problem is with my 3G connection as iv tried turning on and off my phone, reseting my settings and still no luck

Rock Star

Re: Issue with some customers losing 3G connection


Hi josephine93

Can you please recheck your current membership status on your my 48 page.

Can you post back exactly what start date and end date is listed.

Also can you tell me if right below your current membership status, there is a further
Listing in green...and if so, what does it say?

:-)
Posted from Samsung GT-I9100
Average Joe

Re: Issue with some customers losing 3G connection

Hi, 

 

I lost my connection today at about 08:00 am 05.02.14

 

data settings are all okay, 3G symbol and full signal bars displayed and have tried turning off and on the phone and data connection a few times but still no internet. Please help.

 

Thanks, 

 

Ciarán