9/11: Attack on the Wires - for iPod/iPhone
9/11: Attack on the Wires - for iPod/iPhone
The Open University
What happens when one of the worst terrorist attacks in history strikes the densest cluster of networks on the planet? How did the largest communications provider in the United States handle the surge in demand? Despite surviving earthquakes, hurricanes and other man-made and natural disasters, the staff at AT and T struggled to cope with the flood of calls that followed the tragic events of September 11th. Over the course of the day they handled in excess of 400 million calls as people in America, and all over the world tried to contact friends and family in New York. This collection gives a snapshot of how the communications company dealt with the unprecedented technological challenges by using techniques such as call gapping to help free up other services.
The AT and T Network
How AT and T handled the unprecedented rise in phone calls.
Sep 6, 2011
3 min
Transcript -- The AT and T Network
How AT and T handled the unprecedented rise in phone calls.
Sep 6, 2011
Call Gapping
A way in the network distributed calls to avoid an overload.
Sep 6, 2011
2 min
Transcript -- Call Gapping
A way in the network distributed calls to avoid an overload.
Sep 6, 2011
Statistical Spikes
AT and T completed a record 430 million call completions on 9/11.
Sep 6, 2011
2 min
Transcript -- Statistical Spikes
AT and T completed a record 430 million call completions on 9/11.
Sep 6, 2011