FutureFive NZ - Ex-Cyclone Gita may have blown away your internet

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Ex-Cyclone Gita may have blown away your internet

In the wake of Ex-Cyclone Gita, some Kiwis may be experiencing network issues.

Despite the storm seemingly having a minimal impact it still caused a bit of a stir in Kiwi connectivity.

Chorus says that the majority of their networks are still operational despite the recent storm. 

Chorus' copper and fibre networks are largely operating as usual in most parts of New Zealand despite the storm across many parts of the country.

The majority of the issues on the networks have been caused by power outages. 

The multiple power outages have meant that some Chorus sites are running on battery backup systems or generators.

In the North Island, the biggest impact is being felt in the Taranaki region, with numerous power outages impacting the Chorus network. 

The estimated time for power to be restored is variable across the region, as power companies continue to access the damage.

On the South Island, in addition to power outages, various road closures on the West Coast and the Nelson region are causing access issues. 

Takaka Hill Highway is expected to be closed for a long period, with access to the area by air only.

In total, about 1000 households in the storm-hit areas are without broadband and phone services. 

Chorus’ service companies have increased the number of technicians available so they can deal with outages as quickly as possible.

Technicians are prioritising medical escalations as they are raised by retail phone and broadband providers.

Corus promises that it will work to resolve these network issues as quickly as possible. 

However, some Kiwis may be spending a while without access to networks.

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