AT&T spokesperson Jim Greer said: “After the explosion this morning, the services of certain customers in Nashville and its surrounding areas may be affected by damage to the facilities. We are in contact with law enforcement and will be working as soon as possible. Work safely to restore service.”.
Greer told CNN that the hub was damaged.
When a network hub is usually interrupted by a hurricane or other natural disaster, some Internet traffic can be rerouted, but not all.
This is why customers in Nashville and other parts of Tennessee report loss of wireless telephone service and other connections.
The network hub relies on a commercial power source with battery and generator backup power. The damage to the facility may have affected these systems and caused the service to be downgraded later on Friday.
The disruption of the urban network center has a knock-on effect at the airport and elsewhere.
AT&T is deploying portable cellular base stations to Nashville to support law enforcement and improve wireless services. CNN̵
Nashville International Airport said that telecommunications issues related to the explosion caused the Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily suspend flights from Nashville.
The FAA stated that the ground station was lifted after about an hour. The agency said in a statement: “The pilot has never lost contact with air traffic control.”
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) website shows that ground parking was issued due to the frequency interruption of the ZME.
ZME is the FAA air traffic control facility located in Memphis, responsible for controlling aircraft in high altitude areas.
Flight services at Nashville International Airport “continue to be affected by telecommunications issues,” a tweet from the airport said at about 3:30 pm Central Time.
The tweet said: “Some flight corridors have been restored, while others remain closed.”