Calls to emergency services to help a student who was attacked at a Christchurch mall failed due to the latest Telecom XT network outage.
The network has been plagued with problems since being introduced late last year, and an outage yesterday affecting customers south of Taupo was the fourth time since Christmas that customers around the country had been unable to effectively use their phones.
Witnesses said an Asian student was left beaten and bloodied after the assault by four skinhead youths at a bus stop outside the Palms Mall in Shirley about 6.30 pm yesterday.
The attack coincided with an outage of Telecom's XT network, which held up attempts to call emergency services to help the student.
Witnesses believe the attack was racially motivated.