Tasmania rocked by ‘statewide internet blackout’ with cause yet to be confirmed

Tasmania has been hit by a statewide internet and phone blackout, with connectivity dropping by 70%.

An unconfirmed incident has left Tasmania virtually cut off from the rest of the country with internet, phone and TV services hit by a statewide outage.

The state is experiencing a “major statewide internet outage,” according to TasNetworks, the state government agency responsible for power transmission.

The outage is believed to have started around 1pm, affecting the state from Hobart to Launceston.

The massive event was reportedly triggered by “two separate cable cuts” on main routes to Tasmania, according to Telstra.

An online internet disruption tracker claimed the island state’s connectivity had dropped by 70%.

“The island state of #Tasmania in #Australia has fallen largely offline, with internet, phone lines and TV services down after an incident affecting fiber optic cables to the mainland,” according to NetBlocks on Twitter .

“Real-time network data shows connectivity at 30% of ordinary levels.”

TasNetworks reported that services were “gradually being restored” across the state, but some internet service providers (ISPs) were still down.

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