"Vermin" chew through fibre optic cables to Kangaroo Island mobile phone tower

The fault report for the mobile phone outage on Kangaroo Island caused by rats.

The fault report for the mobile phone outage on Kangaroo Island caused by rats.

Telstra has now confirmed that vermin, most likely rats, caused last week's mobile phone outages on Kangaroo Island.

The Islander made some inquiries after receiving reports of Telstra mobile phone service outages across the Island.

The SA/NT media manager now says it was "vermin" chewing through fibre optic cables to a mobile phone tower that led to the service going down.

The good news it has been fixed and hence he could not find an issue when he checked at 3pm last Tuesday, December 15.

Poor Sandy Davis at the Parndana Post Office was impacted on at the busiest time of the year, while there were also reports of outages from the north coast to Haines in the south.

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