Isolated Aussies left really isolated
Even further from anywhere
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. ®
As a long time "fight to the death" and now EX customer of Telstra......
While putting two tin cans together with a piece of string and calling it an upgrade - while not much of an option;
Compared to Telstra - it's cheap, it's reliable and it doesn't suffer from rotten water soaked infrastructure and an incompetent and greedy management.
Telstra hardware in Australia is JUNK.
Telstra investigating the caused of such a long outage? Not bloody likely!
They only ever admit a problem if mainstream media notice it. Why would they care what caused it?
..."beloved scratchie and pokie machines were down."?
Last time I bought a $2 scratchie in Sydney it was printed on a matchbox-sized card and I scraped off the masking film to reveal the symbols. No batteries or wall plug needed. Are they going very hi-tech in the Top End?