Solar flares blamed for dropped cellphone calls

Solar flares, fiery geysers that erupt on the sun's surface, have been known to interrupt radio and television signals from satellites, but now a team of researchers, led by Queen's University professor David Thomson in Kingston, Ontario, says the storms can also affect cellphones routed through towers with antennas facing the sun. Dr. Thomson said his study found the rate of dropped calls could be as high as 9% in the summer and between 0.5 to 0.6% at the same location in the winter. "We know [the link to dropped calls] is solar-related, but we don't know how exactly it happens," said Thomson. Solar flares eject about a billion tonnes of the sun's atmosphere into space, travelling at a speed of 1.6 million kilometres an hour. The findings will be published in the next edition of the journal Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

News source: CBC News

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wow like if it was news to me. it's known to disrupt the satellites big time when X-Class flare exposed
it's logical to assume every thing working via radio signals might get problems at some points.
that's no discovery at all, if they want to make look it that way. the point of not everyone knows about it is no excuse for anyone saying that at least they know now, that was not my point. I know how people think wrong ways sometimes.

2xSilverKnight said,
wow like if it was news to me. it's known to disrupt the satellites big time when X-Class flare exposed
it's logical to assume every thing working via radio signals might get problems at some points.
that's no discovery at all, if they want to make look it that way. the point of not everyone knows about it is no excuse for anyone saying that at least they know now, that was not my point. I know how people think wrong ways sometimes.
I wonder why didn't they called you for your opinion lawl !

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