The article on Stuff mentions that "People would also no longer be able to rely on older corded phones working for prolonged periods during a power cut" which has of course lit up the comments section.
Is this because voice will be delivered from cabinets rather than exchanges, which means a shorter duration battery backup and no diesel backup? I would have thought that simply replacing the NEAX with a SIP card solution would be unrelated to the power backup, unless they're planning on scaling down their battery backups at the same time.
That is my take on it. I have seen situations where Chorus plug a small generator into cabinet well, it is a pretty easy process.
I don't think cell sites are much better are they around power and generators?