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Trnc Telecom Chaos Hts Thousands

Thousands of people hit by a series of technical problems this week which saw internet and phone connections cut and brought a pledge of a major telecoms overhaul.

Some 23,000 ADSL internet subscribers were cut off when the ailing network collapsed for the fourth time in as many months, while infrastructural work in Alsancak silenced phones in the area for more than a week. Businesses, schools and homes were affected among them the Denizkizi Hotel, near the site of the works, which complained of lost bookings as a result.

Meanwhile the ADSL problem, couped with a system failure, caused chaod at Lefkosa's Vehicles Registration and driving Licences Unit as almost 3000 motorist rushed to take advantage of an amnesty on late payment of road tax that ended yesterday.

Telecommunications Department teams, who scrambled to restore connections, said services were now back to normal, but Cyprus Today continued to receive reports of problems in Karaman, Girne and Lefkosa throught the week. The breakdown of the seven-year old ADLS network happend on Saturday and it was 24 hours before telecoms staff in consultion with chinese suppliers Huawei's experts based in Turkey, were able to reconnect most users.

Telecommunication Department head Remzi Evram any remaining problems were "isolated" ad should be reported. He said his staff had also resotred telephone lines in Alsancak includuding 20 to Denizkizi Hotel.

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