Y2K So Far Not Affecting Internet or Other Services
(CNSNews.com) - Internet and computer servers from New Zealand to Tokyo have so far continued to function in a normal fashion according to a report by Keynote Systems, which is testing major websites during the new year rollover.
However, several cell phone service providers have reported an initial system overload at midnight. In New Zealand and Japan companies said they attributed the problems to consumers checking to see if their phones were still operational. Officials said operations have returned to normal.
Keynote said Internet traffic is increasing in each time zone as the Year 2000 rolls in.
In New Zealand government websites reported the slowest Internet access times were recorded immediately after Midnight local time which officials attributed to increased volume. After an initial loss of performance New Zealand websites are reportedly back to normal.
"With the crossing of the Millennium into it's second time zone we are seeing some performance anomalies that appear to be caused by curious Internet users testing their system. Overall the Internet is absorbing this in rush of traffic and is showing the resilience it was designed for," according to the Keynote site.
Currently no problems are being reported in East Asia after its crossing into the new year.
In the United States the traditional New Year's ball has already been lit in Times Square in anticipation of Friday night's celebration and revelers have already gathered to kick off the party early. In other events, American and Russian military officers are monitoring computers looking for any Y2K glitches that could set off an accidental nuclear missile launch. Military spokesmen at the Pentagon said no problems have occurred and that all missile equipment is Y2K compliant.