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  # 442581 22-Feb-2011 21:42
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From 2degrees:

2degrees’ Christchurch network, largely undamaged by today’s earthquake, has been running in many areas on batteries that will run short of power overnight.

Tonight, 2degrees engineers are arranging generators, but customers should expect to be without some mobile service this evening and tomorrow.

“We’re asking our customers in Christchurch to have patience if they lose service. Although we can’t identify which sites will lose battery power or when, we know that they are generally in good shape so can be placed back in service once power becomes available,” says 2degrees CEO Eric Hertz.

Mr Hertz says customers can also help reduce the drain on batteries by avoiding non-essential calls.


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  # 442585 22-Feb-2011 21:53
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I have a 1.2m VSAT terminal (data and voice) available to deploy into the earthquake zone if any network providers are interested, to assist in restoring comms for the people in christchurch. Let me know. Would have to get it to Christchurch from the Bay of Plenty. End user would have to pay for the Sat Bandwidth. Anyone close to Vodafone networks reading this please let them know. ohtwoonethreeohsixtwosevenfive


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  # 442593 22-Feb-2011 22:23
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Most of Zenbu Wi-Fi zones other than central Christchurch back on-line, meaning there is electricity and phone service to them. Akaroa harbour area back on-line too. Central downtown Christchurch still nearly all off-line: type "Christchurch" in the search box.

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  # 442595 22-Feb-2011 22:32
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Power to Shirley just came back on line 30 mins ago.

Anyone needing tech hands in the Shirley area feel free to contact me.


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  # 442609 22-Feb-2011 23:02
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Still no power or water in the CBD, so we 'got outta dodge' and are now chilling in the burbs with the folks. Some damage to the house and possessions... plasma almost took a tumble.
But man oh man, we were lucky compared to others.
My thoughts go out to those whose lives have been turned upside down today.

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  # 442616 22-Feb-2011 23:40
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Been doing live reports with the BBC all night, but it's srsly going to be a long night for me.


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  # 442617 22-Feb-2011 23:40
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Ok wow, we are so lucky compared to some! thoughts go out to those who've lost everything!


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  # 442620 22-Feb-2011 23:46
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Here's a very good link with lots of info, some that has already been mentioned here, but also some that hasn't:

One of the links on that page that really shows the devastation is

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  # 442626 23-Feb-2011 02:04
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I am in Edgeware Road near Barbadoes, we are fine, no water, power was back on at 10.30. Was in the Armagh St MAINZ Campus where I was studying, the building is totaled....


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  # 442629 23-Feb-2011 07:33

Any photo links?

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  # 442640 23-Feb-2011 09:26
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It makes you fear for the medium term future of christchurch.

Many of the beautiful buildings that characterize Christchurch are now destroyed.

Where is the rebuilding money to come from? The last earthquake wiped out a large chuck of reserves.

Will people migrate out of christchurch , in search of jobs and security?

It's truly awful.

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  # 442641 23-Feb-2011 09:29
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A Telecom New Zealand update 23 Feb 9am:

Our infrastructure has proven resilient overnight, however disruption to landline and mobile services in Christchurch continues, and widespread power outages mean large parts of the network are still working off backup power. 

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. All central city cell sites that are operational have been connected to generators to keep them running.

We continue to intensively monitor network capacity and performance, with a particular focus on 111 services and key emergency response sites. 

111 services remain stable and available and any issues connecting to 111 are likely to be due to network disruption due to damage, power outages or congestion. People trying to contact 111 should try again if they experience issues connecting. 111 calls are being prioritised.

Mobile performance has improved as people heed calls to limit non-essential mobile use. Many network sites are working on back-up power and this back-up power is limited as it is reliant on generators and batteries, so prolonged mains power issues will mean more sites are likely to go down as back-up batteries and generators run down.

We have deployed two COW (Cell Sites on Wheels) to critical areas to boost mobile coverage and we are looking to deploy additional COWs from around the country. We are also deploying technicians from around New Zealand to assist in the restoration of telecommunication services in the Canterbury region. 

Ongoing network restoration work will be subject to civil defence and safety requirements.

To minimise the stress on the network and to conserve back-up power we ask people to continue only using their phones for emergency calls. We are providing further mobile phone devices to rescue workers as they arrive in the region. It’s important that we maintain integrity of the network to enable them to do ther job. For residents of Christchurch, 260 payphones in and around Christchurch are enabled with free calling for local, national and mobile calls. 

People without power in their homes will not be able to use cordless landline phones, as base stations require power. If customers have non-cordless landline phones that plug directly into the wall and do not require power, they should use them instead.

We will provide regular updates as more information becomes available. 

Our thoughts are with the people of Canterbury.

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  # 442646 23-Feb-2011 09:37
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Well thats a pretty bad ad

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  # 442661 23-Feb-2011 10:01
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Hi guys, please don't forget about our animal friends that have been affected down in Christchurch - if you can, please text FOOD to 4662 to make a $3 donation to Paw Justice so they can distribute desperately needed food to animals.

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