A major Telstra fault, logged by the telco’s service status page at 12.45pm, took down 3G and 4G services across Australia.
"The outage was caused when one of our major mobile nodes went down," a Telstra spokesperson said.
"The network is configured to manage this, however, in this instance we had issues transferring customers to other nodes which caused congestion on the network for some customers.
"Services have now been restored with the vast majority of our customers now back online."
"We thank customers for their patience and apologise for the inconvenience caused," the spokesperson said.
We've identified the issue and services are being restored progressively. Thank you for your patience. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.— Telstra News (@Telstra_news) February 9, 2016