Puerto Rico just lost internet?

Any info would help.

“Strongest storm of the century” just hit San Juan.



it's still south of san juan but maría will move across the island all day


The number of reachable networks in Puerto Rico is down by 50%.

Puerto Rico still has connectivity to the island, but outside facilities and electrical grid is being damaged by Hurricane Maria (Cat 4).

There is a major outage going on in Puerto Rico and you can see it here -


I am putting together some analysis as time passes - i will publish them in
a blog and share.

the entire island is now without power:


no bueno.


Thank you for the updates.

How long usually till generators at cell sites run out of juice?

Rough, every provider is different, backup power hierarchy:

Neighborhood pole boxes: 1-4 hours, batteries only. May be re-charged with portable generators when safe to access area. There is likely severe physical damage to neighborhood lines.

Cell towers: 8-12 hours battery. Some, not all, towers have a natural gas generator or 24 hours diesel generator

Central offices and cable headends: 8-12 hours battery, 1-3 days diesel generators. Core, tandem, and hub sites usually have more backup.

Major colocation data centers: <1 hour battery, 3-14 days diesel generators

Submarine cable landing points and satellite control stations: 24 hours battery, 30 days diesel generators

Thank you for this info!

I think most of us kind of know there are backup power strategies in place
but this is very detailed and appreciated. The little communication I have
had with family on the island they tell me no internet, no cable tv, etc so
this timing is good to know for when the few cell towers that survived
start to go dark.

- J

Things are getting only worst so far - most of the island is offline - see
the screenshot or the link here live https://stat.ripe.net/PR#tabId=routing

one ripe atlas probe is still green though

Probe ID20057IPv4 ASNAS5786 <https://stat.ripe.net/AS5786>IPv4 Prefix136.145.0.0/16 <https://stat.ripe.net/>IPv6 ASNAS65003 <https://stat.ripe.net/AS65003>IPv6 Prefix2607:2000:100:116::/64 <https://stat.ripe.net/2607%3A2000%3A100%3A116%3A%3A%2F64>CountryPRConnected since: 2017-09-12 16:17:06 UTC

It looks like the last Internet service provider to Puerto Rico just went down. Zero routes.

Hopefully its just power, and they will be able to re-fuel and be back on line quickly.

May have just been a BGP bounce. The routes about back, around 300 networks.

During the 1998 ice storm, Hydro Québec stated its infrastructure had
not been built to widthstand this once in 100 year event. Reporters did
some research and the next day asked him if there was a trend in
increased freezing rain events. "I'll have to look into it".

The next day, the HQ CEO came back at the daily press conference to
confirm a gradual increase in last 20 years in freezing rain events, and
after looking at situation, HQ would change standards for its
infrastructure to widstand more frequent freezing rain events.

In Ontario, the govt passed new stronger standards for utility poles
which while granfathering existing ones, required the new standards
apply before you can add one more wire to a pole. This seemed innocusous
until telcos (Bell and smaller ones) started to want to add fibre to
poles, where, in many cases, poles had to be replaced at $30k a shot,
and original owner retained onwership of new pole paid by the telco.

During the same event, Bell Canada, whose disaster plans were
overwhelmed by the extent of power outages didn't have enough mobile
generators to keep every outdoor plant's batteries charged all the time.
As a result many areas suffered rolling POTS and cellular blackouts
until a truck could there there with a generator. Because of the extent
of the event, Bell couldn't bring spare generators from the next town
over because that town was also in short supply of generators.

When the nature of disruptive weather events changes (or become more
frequent), utilities needs to adapt by adding more resiliency to
physical infrastructure and being prepared with more spare hardware to
cope with the aftermath.

Hurricanes have the advantage of giving a few days warning and
predictions are becoming more accurate. In the case of Irma, utilises
have the time to pre-position trucks/equipment so they can kick in as
soon as winds/flooding go down.

In the case of Hydro Québec, their own statistics showed significant
long term increase in freezing rain events, so easy to justify spending
money to upgrade infrastrtucture.

In the case of recent hurricanes, it is still debatable whether those
were unusual events (since many towns had not experienced such striong
weather for over 50 years) or whetgher frequencty of such events was
going to increase.

This would affect how telcos plan how resilient their infrastructure
needs to be.