Companies battle to restore Christchurch phone services

Authorities are working to restore mobile phone services in the Christchurch area, following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the city on Tuesday

New Zealand telecommunications companies are focusing on restoring downed phone services in the Christchurch business district to ensure those trapped under rubble can make calls.

Mobile services went down following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck 10km from the central business district (CBD) at lunchtime on Tuesday. Telecom New Zealand has urged users to only place calls that are necessary to prevent congestion and preserve power.

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Companies are working to fix phone services in Christchurch, New Zealand, following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit on Tuesday. Photo credit: annzstream on Flickr

"Overnight we have focused our efforts on restoring and maintaining cell sites in the CBD, so survivors trapped in the rubble who do have mobile phones can continue to keep in contact with rescue teams," the company said in a statement. "All central city cell sites that are operational have been connected to generators to keep them running."

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Telcos fixing CBD services in quake wake on ZDNet Australia.

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