Phone, power internet...

POWER and telecommunications authorities were yesterday battling to restore services across the Gympie and nearby region, with many phone and internet services unreliable or out of service altogether.

While Optus announced that its network had "remained resilient" during the floods, with 3G and 2G mobile and fixed broadband services generally working, It admitted to several "coverage holes" where technicians were working to make repairs.

Telstra announced serious problems scattered across the region, with some mobile, internet and fixed phone services possibly unavailable in the following areas: Bells Bridge (some ADSL and some fixed phone lines out), Cedar Pocket (some fixed phones), Curra (2G, 3G and ADSL), Glen Echo (ADSL , 2G and 3G), Glenwood (some fixed phones), Goomboorian (some mobile), Gunalda (some fixed phones and ADSL), Gympie (some fixed phone and ADSL), Imbil (3G and fixed phones), Kia Ora (fixed phones), Kybong (2G, fixed phones), Mothar Mountain (2G), Wolvi (fixed phone), Kilkivan (3G, fixed phone), Cooloola Cove (2G, 3G), Tin Can Bay (2G, 3G, some fixed phones), Rainbow Beach (2G, 3G, fixed phones), Bauple 2G, 3G), Gundiah (some fixed phones), Tiaro (2G, 3G, ADSL and fixed phones) G, ADSL and fixed phones).

Energex said it had 9000 consumers still without power across Queensland, with 54 of these in the Gympie Region.

A spokesman said the worst hit area was Carters Ridge, with 38 continuing outages, with another 10 at nearby Tuchekoi, three at Bollier, two at Lagoon Pocket and one at Imbil.

The power distribution company said it hoped to have all power restored in our area today.

Ergon said it had about 200 customers still without power between Maryborough and Gympie.

A Telstra spokesman said technicians were continuing to combat difficult conditions across the state "to restore as many services as possible.

"With repairs made to cable damage caused earlier in the week as a result of severe weather and flooding, technicians are now contending with access issues and power outages in many locations, which continue to impact services".

The spokesman said restoration of power would see many disrupted services restored. He said Telstra would continue to provide detailed updates to consumers through social media channels , including "Telstra on Facebook" and "Twitter".

Gympie Times


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