BALLARAT Telstra customers are being warned to expect some disruptions to their phone services early next week as the telco completes work on the new 5G network.
A Telstra spokesman said while many parts of Ballarat have overlapping services, there may be some impact for some customers.
"Telstra will be undertaking some planned upgrade work to its mobile network in Ballarat on Monday February 17 and Tuesday February 18," the spokesman said.
"This is further implementation work for Telstra's new 5G network which is now live in Ballarat.
"Customers in central Ballarat may notice an impact to their 3G, 4G or 5G mobile service during the day on Monday and/or Tuesday.
"Telstra will complete the work as quickly as possible to minimise any disruption."
The reduced services will also mean businesses using the 3G or 4G network for their EFTPOS machines may be affected, but those on wi-fi should be fine.
"Some businesses may notice an impact to EFTPOS terminals if they use Telstra's 3G or 4G network for connectivity," the spokesman said.
"Telstra does not operate the EFTPOS network, it is operated by financial institutions.
"While some EFTPOS terminals use 3G and 4G connectivity, many EFTPOS terminals can also utilise fixed line/Wi-Fi/nbn fixed internet connections which won't be impacted.
"Retailers should contact their bank for more information and details on how to switch between these methods."
It is expected the works will be completed by the end of Tuesday.
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