Telegram Messenger service down in Asia


GEORGE TOWN: Popular smartphone messaging app Telegram has suffered an outage, spanning from China to Australia, following a server failure across the Causeway.

According to Telegram’s Twitter page, the service has gone down following a failure at its network centre in Singapore.

“The main network switch went down in the Telegram server cluster in Singapore. Asian users are affected. Investigating and fixing!” the 3.56pm tweet read.

“The cause of the connection issues in Asia is a major power outage in our datacenter in SG (supposed to never happen). Hang on!” it said in a subsequent tweet.

With nearly 100 million active monthly users, Telegram went offline in Europe and the Middle East last Wednesday, citing “connection issues”. It was later restored.

Telegram Messenger was started by Russian brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov in 2013.

It provides a messaging service similar to WhatsApp. However, WhatsApp has a larger user base of more than one billion daily active users. This was according to reports last year.

As of 2015, Telegram had 62 million monthly active users, generating 12 billion messages.

The Huffington Post recently reported that Islamic State groups were using the app to communicate and distribute information.

“We’ve seen a clear trend of the growing use of Telegram by almost all terror groups all over the world,” Gabriel Weimann, professor at the University of Haifa in Israel and author on online extremism, told Huffington Post in May this year.