Telstra cable 'deliberately' damaged

Cable damage affects thousands; telco will have services rectified by midday today

Telstra has confirmed it is a third of the way through restoring a 100-fibre line cable in the Hunter Valley after it was deliberately cut, downing services in the region.

A spokesperson for the telco told Computerworld Australia that the cable, located in the East Maitland area of the Hunter Valley, had been cut sometime between 1.30am and 3.30am this morning but was currently under repair.

“We have restored more than a dozen so far and will complete it by about lunchtime today,” the spokesperson said.

“The nature of the damage indicates it was deliberately caused and it will be referred to the police and our corporate security team for investigation.”

According to the spokesperson, the outage initially affected some 21,000 Telstra phone lines and 9000 ADSL services in the local vicinity, several hundred spectrum services, “a handful” of digital data lines and a “small number” of mobile towers.

Update: Telstra has announced all cables have been respliced in the area with final checks underway to confirm the restoration of all services.

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