MOBILE and payphone services across communities in Victoria’s west have been restored after a fire damaged the Telstra Exchange at Warrnambool.
Technicians were working around the clock across two 12-hour shifts restoring 90 per cent of the mobile coverage for the region’s 60,000 customers by Sunday.
Landlines to more than 200 medical priority assistance customers were also restored through connection to a Mobile Exchange on Wheels (MEOW).
Eftpos and mobile ATMs are also running as 70 of the company’s 78 mobile towers have been repaired.
But it will take a few days for landline and internet to be up and running for the bulk of customers.
“The bulk of customers, we’re still talking early part of this week, it will depend on how technology can be restored,” a Telstra spokesman said.
Overnight on Saturday, Telstra restored payphone services and 4G data coverage in Warrnambool.
More than 40 technicians are on site carrying out repairs as Telstra seeks to restore services in the region.
Mobile services have been restored in Edenhope, Greenwald, Warrnambool North, Camperdown, Tower Hill, Port Campbell, Portland, Portland North, Port Fairy, Hamilton, Dartmore, Colraine, Mt Kincaid, Mt Clay and Stonehaven.
Work will continue on Sunday to connect priority services such as fire alarms for retirement homes and local schools.
Fire hit the Telstra Exchange early on Thursday morning.