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Cyclone Yasi telco clean-up: photos

In the days following the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Yasi on the mainland of far north Queensland, Telstra and Optus engineers have been hard at work to bring services back online.

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Topic: Telcos
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Telstra's service delivery team manager Dave Kincaid directing Army Engineers at the Cardwell exchange yard clean-up.

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A Telstra communications technician, Ross Auger, installing new cards in the Tully exchange to restore services.

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Camping gear set up for the Telstra repair crew in Cairns.

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Despite the strong winds bringing down trees, the radio tower held up.

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Telstra communications technician Quinn Andrews swaps out RIM Power Cards at the Kennedy exchange, north of Cardwell.

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Telstra used a forklift to place a generator up to the Mulley's Hill exchange.

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The generator bound for the Mulley's Hill exchange.

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The destruction in Cairns as witnessed by Optus technicians.

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Destruction caused by the cyclone often left it difficult for technicians to travel in the area.

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Victims of the cyclone line up for supplies, free internet and phone calls via satellite provided by Optus.

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The Optus crew set up camp in Burdekin, south of Townsville.

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Satellite services were on hand as many landline phone services in the area were cut.

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Optus engineers work to repair mobile equipment atop the Innisfail water tower.

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The Innisfail water tower is listed as a Queensland state heritage building.

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