Mobile phone operator O2 has apparently rectified a network outage that affected its customers earlier today in the east London/Essex area.
The company issued a status update saying that the problem had now been fixed and that the problem meant that users couldn't make calls, use the internet or send or get emails in that area.
O2 only confirmed that work was being carried out to test the robustness of the network following the vandalism and theft in East London on the 17th of May.
In a statement published later in the day, O2 said “Service was restored at 10.50am. We apologise to those customers affected and we continue to monitor service from the site.”
The company subsequently revealed in a statement to Pocket-lint: "The issue was the result of planned work designed to ensure the robustness of the network following theft and vandalism at a site in East London last month."
Tesco Mobile and giffgaff users were also affected by the downtime, since they also share O2's signal.