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Field mice knock out phone network

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:26 PM ET
Reuters — February 25, 2005

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Hungry field mice caused a 20-hour telephone blackout in central Sweden Tuesday by gnawing through cables, telecom operator TeliaSonera said.

Fixed-line phone connections for more than 1,500 homes in Jamtland and Medelpad in central Sweden, were severed late on Monday by hungry rodents chewing their way through a fiber-optic cable near the town of Ange. Mobile phones were also cut off.

"This is not at all common," said Hans Borjesson, a technician at TeliaSoneria. ...

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