Telstra, Optus, Vodafone assess Yasi damage

 

Mains power cuts cause problems.

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have reported network outages in areas impacted by Tropical Cyclone Yasi as engineers move in to assess the damage caused by the category five storm.

A Telstra spokesman said that "early indications" suggested about 60 mobile towers and 15,000 fixed phones were completely without service.

Another 450 Telstra network sites - such as towers, exchanges and roadside cabinets - were affected by mains power cuts.

"Without the restoration of local power we expect to see a significant increase in impact to land line phones," the spokesman said.

"These sites are operating on back-up power at this stage. Our crews will work hard to keep these sites powered, but there will be some sites we cannot access due to safety reasons like damaged power lines and debris blocking access."

Vodafone said that services between Cairns and Bowen and the area around central Mackay were affected by power outages and transmission link failures.

"Where access is available we have dispatched teams of engineers to affected areas," a Vodafone spokesman said on its blog.

"They have back-up generators, fuel and other network equipment to hand and they will start to assess damage to individual sites and restore services as quickly as they can."

An Optus spokesman said that 87 base stations were directly affected by the cyclone and that an undisclosed number of others were running on back-up batteries due to loss of power.

"The Optus Reef Network which provides transmission for voice and data services between Brisbane and Cairns is currently operational on back up batteries," the spokesman also said.

"Optus' alternative redundancy transmission route to the area is unaffected."

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Telstra, Optus, Vodafone assess Yasi damage
 
 
 
Top Stories
Innovating in the sleepy super industry
There’s little incentive to be on the bleeding edge, so why is Andrew Todd fighting so hard?
 
How technology will unify Toll
The systems headache formed through 15 years of acquisitions.
 
Immigration breached Privacy Act with data leak
Pilgrim slams "copy and paste" of asylum seeker data.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
More 4G from Optus in Darwin
Nov 21, 2014
Click to see where Optus has expanded coverage to the suburbs near Darwin.
Optus steps up regional 4G coverage
Nov 20, 2014
Once 700Mhz services are working, Optus claims regional users will have a "faster and more ...
This Huawei 4G phone costs $99
Nov 12, 2014
The $99 Huawei Ascend Y550, available through Vodafone, enters the budget market as one of the ...
4G smartphones: Microsoft's Lumia 830
Nov 7, 2014
Microsoft has announced its flagship Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 830 4G, will be available in ...
Do you direct debit customers? Read this
Oct 10, 2014
Authorities have been targeting direct debit practices with iiNet and Dodo receiving formal ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  39%
 
Your insurance company
  3%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  7%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  2%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  20%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  15%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  6%
TOTAL VOTES: 831

Vote