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Australia's Northern Territory lost all internet and phone connections yesterday, thanks to the failure of two separate Telstra circuits.

The ten-hour outage meant that ATM and mobile networks were unavailable, and emergency service lines in some areas like Alice Springs also ceased operating.

Isolated residents were not even able to take solace in a bit of gambling - many of the beloved scratchie and pokie machines were down.

The outage was caused by the failure of two fibre optic cables - one near Kununurra, in Western Australia, and another at Marla, south of Alice Springs, according to reports.

The Top End got its phones back at around 11.30am yesterday. Telstra is investigating what caused such a long failure. ®

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