West Coasts are getting creative as they face off the next day without cell phone and internet reception.
On the west coast of the South Island, about 35,500 customers live without cell phone reception, more than 24 hours after the network ended in the wild.
Richard McLean of West Coast IT Services in Hokkaido said he had traveled 10km north this morning to use the cell phone tower in Kumara and was driving his car near the Aurora Bridge.
He did not have access to the Internet, cell phone or landline in Hokkaido.
Spark had told him it was possible to recover by mid-afternoon, but he questioned the flexibility of the infrastructure on the coast.
“The closure is widespread, with people trying to find a reception on the highway, which is overloading available services,” he said.
“I would be seriously concerned if someone needed to call someone in an emergency.”
At around 4pm yesterday, an electrical belt melted a 600-meter fiber cable that runs through private land, said Steve Petty Grave, head of the course of external communications.
The land was flooded again by Paddox and the closure affected mobile and broadband services in the Westland District, from Greymouth to Fox Glacier.
The teams are working to cut an alternative cable to ignore the damaged part, which will be completely repaired at a later date, Pietgrew said.
“It’s a priority right now to reunite everyone.”
He estimated that services would be reconnected by 4 p.m.
West Coast MP Tasmin Damien O’Connor said the closure was painful and lasted longer than expected.
“It is unfortunate that the notification did not come out from the providers, telling people how long it could take.
“People need to have some kind of certainty about how long they’ll be out of touch.”
O’Connor said there are many remote, rural areas in New Zealand that rely on basic communication lines and are completely isolated when there is a closure.
“As we move forward, these natural disasters can happen more frequently and all the best technology in the world is still subject to the intervention of natural disasters and disasters and we all have to make a backup plan.”
He said that the installation of fiber loop on the west coast had been going on for many years and once completed, it would be ensured that there are two forms of communication.
“Obviously, if this fiber link is blown up by lightning, as we’ve seen, it creates some big problems. Whether it’s satellite or other long-term resilience programs, that’s something that Should be considered. “