Mobile Phone Networks Fully Restored In Chiba

Mobile phone networks fully restored in Chiba

Mobile phone services by Japan's three major carriers have been fully restored in Chiba Prefecture, 10 days after the networks were disrupted by a typhoon.

NTT Docomo said on Thursday that its mobile phone connectivity has returned to normal in all areas of the prefecture located east of Tokyo. The other major mobile carriers, KDDI and Softbank, had earlier resumed full services.

Voice and data communications were disrupted in many areas after Typhoon Faxai battered the greater Tokyo region on September 9.

In Chiba Prefecture, strong winds toppled many electricity poles, causing extensive blackouts.

The carriers had deployed power generators and mobile base stations in places where services were limited.

But some areas in Chiba Prefecture are still having trouble with landline services.

NTT East says its 7,000 public pay phones in the prefecture can be used for free while the repairs are being made.