Updated: Telcos detail service outages after Cyclone Yasi

Updated: Telcos detail service outages after Cyclone Yasi

Optus, Telstra and Vodafone all affected

Optus, Telstra and Vodafone have all reported service outages in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi.

The tropical cyclone wreaked havoc on Northern Queensland's power supply. Many homes and businesses have been left without electricity.

Optus reported 52 of its Open network base stations were impacted and a portion of them are running on backup power. The mobile network in Cairns, Townsville and other regional centres around the coast are currently operational.

The telco’s Reef Network, which carries voice and data services between Brisbane and Cairns, is up and running but on backup batteries.

Optus network engineers have been sent into affected areas and the telco had even started rolling out portable satellite base stations to alleviate network outages.

Update on Optus: The telco announced through its Twitter account that loss of power was delaying restoration of some key services and Optus is working with Emergency Services at key sites.

On the Telstra front, 5000 fixed line phones are currently not working and 25 mobile towers have been knocked out.

Over 450 network sites have been hit by a mains power cut. Around 200 technicians have been deployed to service the region.

“We are expecting individual service faults to be much higher across the region,” Telstra said in a statement.

Update on Telstra: The number of landlines down has jumped from 5000 to 15,000. Click here for more details.

Vodafone has said that from Cairns to Bowen, voice and data services have been seriously impacted. Problems also extend to central Mackay as a result of power outages and transmission link failures.

Sites that are listed as not operational include Mt Isa, Castle Hill, Mossman and Port Douglas.

More information to follow.

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