Phone network hit by Christchurch quake

Communications problems in Christchurch could get worse before they get better, following today’s earthquake.Telecom warned more of its mobile network in Christchurch might be knocked offline overnight in areas without mains power, as back-up batteries and generators exhausted.To read this Stuff report in full, see: see:Phone networks still fragile
Telecom says widespread power outages mean large parts of its network are still working off backup power and prolonged mains power issues will mean more services are likely to go down as back-up batteries and generators run down.It has overnight deployed two COWs (Cell Sites on Wheels) to critical areas in the central business district to boost mobile coverage.

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