Telcos assess earthquake damages

Telcos assess earthquake damages

Telecom NZ and Chorus evaluating impact to network infrastructure

Telecommunications provider, Telecom NZ, has announced no significant damage “appears to have been sustained” to its networks in the Lower North Island and Upper South Island following this afternoon’s Cook Strait earthquakes.

Shortly after 2:30pm, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake occurred 22km south of Blenheim, NZ, triggering severe congestion across the telco’s networks.

Regardless, 111 services remain operational, although traffic normally routed through the Wellington call centre has been diverted to Christchurch under Telecom NZ’s business continuity procedures.

While the initial congestion is abating, Telecom NZ encourages customers to utilise text messaging rather than calling to downsize the congestion in order to free lines for emergency calls.

Telecom NZ has closed key buildings in the Wellington area as a precaution pending engineering checks likely to occur over the weekend.

The telco said staff are being allowed to return home.

Competing telco, Chorus, said its initial evaluation shows that network infrastructure "appears to be working normally" and is being monitored.

The company has evacuated all its Wellington-based building, pending structural assessments. Staff have also been dismissed.

Nermin Bajric is IDG's coordinator for the Reseller News NZ website. His primary point of contact is email via:

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