Computerworld: Japanese telecommunications providers are saying that it may be months before service is fully restored following the March 11 earthquake. The country's largest mobile network provider, NTT DoCoMo, said that 10,000 of its base station were knocked offline by the quake and 810 remain out of action. Landline provider NTT East said 1.5 million phone, ISDN and fiber optic Internet lines were damaged by the earthquake and 155,000 remain out of commission.
To help people stay connected, NTT DoCoMo has installed some mobile base stations. NTT East has installed a number of public telephones and is offering free calls.