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Transmission issues on Friday between Tasmania and Flinders island due to storms

Telstra has confirmed that transmission issues affecting some Tasmanian customers late last week have been resolved.

According to a Telstra spokesperson, wild weather, which ravaged Queensland in recent weeks, has hit Tasmania.

“As a result of storm activity there was a hardware fault at the Waterhouse Exchange North East Tasmania,” the spokesperson said.

“This had an impact on the transmission between Tasmania and Flinders Island."

The spokesperson said services were back up and running at 1.45pm Friday following the outage.

“During the period of the outage residents on Flinders Island had limited capacity to make intra-island calls and calls to the mainland,” the spokesperson said.

“Residents could however use satellite phones which were strategically located at Cape Barren Island, Flinders Hospital and Emergency Service sites.”

The spokesperson said the transmission link operated as per normal between Victoria and Tasmania, despite weather impacting one of their connections.

During the outage, Twitter included reports of “patchy calls” to King Island due to a Bass Straight and Flinders Island link being down.

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