[AusNOG] EFPOST terminals down
jason.xiros at gmail.com
Mon Jun 22 13:14:48 EST 2020
I'm not sure the EFTPOS network is as robust as people believe. There was a time perhaps seven or eight years ago when 50% (or more) of all transactions in Australia went through a single data centre on the Pacific Hwy in North Sydney.
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> Tips are low priority areas for mobile coverage. They are deliberately
> built where no-one else is, such that they would account for the majority
> of an expensive mobile sector.
> I imagine that most EFTPOS terminals are still 3G. If 3G failed, most of us
> with a smartphone less than 5 years old wouldn't notice.
> So if there's a 3G network failure:
> - Terminals would usually migrate to another cell, there are probably
> not multiple cells covering a tip
> - There is still LTE coverage there, so no customers are screaming for
> the failure to be fixed
> - The network is aging so failure is common
> - Parts are hard to get or expensive because its old
> - Social Distancing is mutually exclusive to how teams of mobile network
> riggers normally operate, so there's a backlog of faults
> - Coverage of a tip with a handful of regular customers is low priority
> for a fix, no manager is escalating this over other faults
> - Some WFH people nearby are smashing the local 3G network with their
> old USB 3G adapters that are now on an unlimited download plan
> In summary, it's probably not a cyberattack.
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