Banks hit by Telikom outage

National, Normal


MANY people have been affected by the disruption of telecommunication links between Port Moresby and Lae.
Customers of several banks have not been able to access their accounts while in one bank, they were told to take their pay-slips along so they could be allowed to withdraw salaries that did not appear electronically in the bank’s computers.
A bank manager in Lae said they had been advised by Telikom that the delay was “due to strong winds which weres affecting the landing of the helicopter to carry out investigations and restoration work”.
Telikom issued a public notice last Tuesday saying that “there is a major outage currently on the Boroko-Lae radio bearer system affecting all telephone, data, mobile services on the font route”.
It said engineers were investigating and “restoration work is in progress”.
Telikom did not say where the works were being carried out.
The restoration work apparently could not be completed last week.
Parts of the country, including Port Moresby, Central, Milne Bay, Oro and Morobe provinces, have been experiencing strong winds and heavy rainfall.
Efforts to get confirmation from Telikom’s head office in Port Moresby were unsuccessful.