Yellowknife without phone and internet service after fibre damage

A Northwestel building in downtown Whitehorse, Yukon Territory with murals on the side. (Don Denton/TCPI/The Canadian Press)

Residents in southern Northwest Territories experienced a phone and internet service outage on Saturday.

A statement from telecommunications company Northwestel says its customers in Yellowknife and surrounding communities should be prepared to be without service for most of the day.

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Northwestel says cellular service, internet, long-distance phone and TV services have been impacted by damage to fibre infrastructure leading into Yellowknife.

The company did not say how many customers are affected by the outage.

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Northwestel says technicians have been sent to repair the damage.

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RCMP are asking residents to call their local police detachment in case of an emergency or go to a police station in person.

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