Vodafone 'seriously impacted' by cyclone Yasi

Voice and data services from Cairns to Bowen damaged

Vodafone has been ‘seriously impacted’ by cyclone Yasi, with the telco releasing a statement indicating that voice and data services from Cairns to Bowen have been damaged.

In a blog post from Vodafone, the carrier said it has sent teams of engineers to affected areas.

“Where access is available we have dispatched teams of engineers to affected areas,” the blog post stated. “They have back-up generators, fuel and other network equipment to hand and they will start to assess damage to individual sites and restore services as quickly as they can.”

Vodafone said outages to its voice and data services were caused by power outages across the areas affected by Yasi.

“Voice and Data services have been seriously impacted from Cairns to Bowen, and central Mackay due to power outages and transmission link failures,” the blog said. “Small pockets of service may still be available in some areas.

"Specific site outage lists will be published later this morning.”

The impact of the cyclone comes as both Telstra and Optus yesterday said they were "unaffected" by the lead-up to the cyclone, with Optus stating that network engineers were "closely monitoring the situation" yesterday afternoon.

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