Vodafone is reviewing its security systems after the burglary at one of its exchange facilities left thousands of UK users without phone or text-messaging services.
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Between 1am and 2am, thieves stole specialist network equipment and IT hardware after breaking down a door at the Vodafone exchange facility in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Vodafone say its network control centre and the police were immediately alerted.
The damage left thousands of Vodafone users in the M4 corridor area unable to make calls or send text messages since the early hours of the morning.
Vodafone is now reviewing its security systems. "All our sites are protected by high level security systems. We're reviewing these with the police in the light of last night's break in," wrote a Vodafone employee in a Vodafone internet forum.
Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed it is in the early stages of investigating a burglary at a Vodafone technical facility in Hamilton Close, Basingstoke, during the early hours of this morning.
Vodafone has similar facilities in other UK sites but was unable to share further details for commercial reasons.
Although details of the specialist networking equipment were not revealed, previously gangs have stolen IT equipment to order for customers in Eastern Europe.