Partial service restored to messaging app Telegram after power outage at Singapore data centre

Telegram went offline in several parts of Asia after a major power outage at a Singapore data centre.
Telegram went offline in several parts of Asia after a major power outage at a Singapore data centre.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Popular messaging app Telegram went offline in several parts of Asia on Wednesday afternoon (Sept 20), affecting users here in Singapore, as well as in Indonesia and Hong Kong.

Telegram's official Twitter account tweeted at about 4.30pm that a major power outage at a data centre in Singapore was the cause of the connection issues.

Partial service was restored after an hour of the app going down, with mobile users being able to connect to the app at about 5.15pm.

However, users were still unable to connect to the service's Web or desktop client, which allows them to chat on a computer.

Telegram had earlier tweeted at about 4pm that a main network switch went down in the Telegram server cluster in Singapore, affecting Asian users.

Reports from users saying the service was down spiked on downdetector.sg - a website where users can report when websites or apps go offline - at about 3.30pm here.