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One cable cut, and the whole state goes down!

From Gizmodo Australia: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/07/optus_cable_borked_phones_down_in_qld_and_nsw.html

"Today doesn't seem to be a good day to be an Optus customer, with a broken fibre optic cable on the Gold Coast leaving their landline, mobile and internet services borked throughout Queensland and parts of NSW.

The cable was broken at about 8am, although how is still not known. And although Optus believe services should be back to normal soon, it hasn't stopped delays from hitting Brisbane airport and countless other businesses."

Oh dear, I was wondering why at 9am my internet connection suddenly stopped working. It took till midday before internet services were restored, but phone lines were still jammed and I believe some of it has been restored as I type this. I bet all those iPhone owners on Optus were wondering if their device is at fault, haha!

On a serious note, I was amazed how dependent I was on things like my mobile phone and internet. I took these things fore granted, and yet when they were taken away from me, I went into some sort of panic.

So any Buzzers in Brisbane, how'd did the shortage affect you?

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Wow!; economic and public safety hit...

In reply to: One cable cut, and the whole state goes down!

Wow!; economic and public safety hit...

It's good to hear the services are restored (or at least in work). Beyond the personal and business use of such services, I do hope that public safety services were able to function well...

Just sayin' - ya gotta have a comprehensive infrastructure including redundancy or other adequate back-up...

Best,
Shalin

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Unfortunately...

In reply to: Wow!; economic and public safety hit...

Access to emergency services on the Optus network were not working. You could dial 000 on any other network but Optus, Virgin and 3 Mobile at the time. The State Government's not happy with them about it either.

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