Have you been frustrated by poor cell signal over the last 24 hours? Normally we’d be more than happy to point fingers at the networks for yet another day of shoddy service, but according to the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) it may not be their fault this time.

Yesterday, SANSA put out a statement that it had picked up a solar event at the start of the week which sent a “massive cloud” of high energy particles towards Earth. As a result, it expected a geomagnetic storm to hit South African skies yesterday morning. Space weather is one of the agencies particular specialities, so when it says it expects “major disturbances” to “communications systems like GPS, radio communications, internet, cell phones and DStv” it’s worth taking notice.

IT Web has a good piece which explains exactly what the solar event is (a CME) and what the implications are, which is well worth reading.Those lucky enough to live in the far north of the planet may even see the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights – as a result of this storm.

In the meantime, we’d be very curious to hear from anyone who thinks they have been affected in the comments below.

(Image – The Northern Lights, CC Wikimedia)

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.