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Lightning strike to blame for island-wide internet outage

A lightning strike is to blame for a major island-wide internet outage.

The Information Communication and Technology Authority, or ICTA, told Cayman 27 Maya one cable terminal suffered hardware failure on the Florida side after a lightning strike, this in turn disrupted local providers from connecting to the internet.

According to ICTA, Cable and Wireless worked with AT&T to resolve this latest issue. By ten o’clock Tuesday night (16 Feb) ICTA was reporting the problem had been fixed, and that Cable and Wireless was going over what went wrong in order to improve network resilience.

ICTA is expressing serious concerns in the wake of the outage. In a statement, it had this to say:

“The authority is very concerned that a single point of failure could have such far-reaching effects on all telecommunications networks in the Cayman Islands, and all four of our main telecommunications licensees share the same sentiment. Telecommunications is part of our critical national infrastructure, and we must do everything we can to ensure it is as robust and flexible as possible.”

ICTA said it is forming a technical working group involving the island’s network providers to help devise potential solutions.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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