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Telstra restores 23,000 landlines after Cyclone Yasi

Telstra restores 23,000 landlines after Cyclone Yasi

Number of out-of-service landlines down from 67,000 to 44,000

Telstra has restored 23,000 landlines in North Queensland after Cyclone Yasi hit the region.

In the past 24 hours, the telco has fixed 31 mobile phone towers and brought the number of out-of-service landlines in the area from 67,000 to 44,000. Currently only 56 mobile towers are out of action in North Queensland.

Telstra’s mobile network is fine due to overlapping coverage from mobile towers that were unaffected.

On Thursday, the telco had reported 15,000 landlines and 60 mobile towers were down. More than 450 network sites were affected by a mains power outage.

"The number of affected landline and mobile sites will vary due to power, access and damage,” Telstra said in a statement. "Townsville and Ayr have had some mains power restored which is anticipated to result in further restoration of landline services in those areas."


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