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2degrees Christchurch network update

February 23, 2011
4.30pm

2degrees Christchurch network update

2degrees cell sites in Christchurch are largely unaffected by the earthquake, however themain issue has been power supply, as batteries powering some sites have rundown overnight and during the day.

2degreesspokesman Mat Bolland says mobile coverage in Christchurch is being restored as generators are being installed throughout the day, although aftershocks andbattery power levels continue to prove challenging.

“We’ve been able to restore coverage today in some areas as generators have been connected, and we have more on the way. However, service is likely to fluctuate in some areas if batteries run short,” he says. “Our focus is on installing generators in areas where the power supply is likely to take longer to restore.”

Mr Bolland says yesterday’s calling volumes had caused congestion issues, but the network was managing volumes today.

“We’re still asking people in Christchurch or those contacting people there to text rather than call.”

2degrees also wants to clarify the area affected by the earthquake. While calls within, or to and from Christchurch have been impacted there are no issues in calling elsewhere in New Zealand.

“We’ve had some customers outside Christchurch ask if they should restrict phone use to help Christchurch. There’s no reason not to call and text freely if you live or call outside that area.”

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