Sydney telco services cut after Telstra's cables are jackhammered

Thousands of customers in Sydney's financial district could lose fixed, wireless and mobile services for up to a week

Thousands of Telstra customers in Sydney's CBD have lost fixed, wireless and mobile network services after a contractor ripped through cabling at 9:30pm last night (September 15).

Telstra spokesperson, Craig Middleton, said 10 copper and fibre optic cables were cut at the intersection of York St and Erskine St, one of Sydney’s busiest thoroughfares.

“There was another utility conducting digging works here and it appears they weren’t aware that 400mm below the surface in solid concrete we had major copper distribution cables and optical fibre,” Middleton said. “They’ve gone through the ducting and through the cables – some have been cut and gotten jackhammer marks all over them.

“The work at the moment is to clear out the damaged area, which is difficult because it’s all encased in concrete, and then we will pull new cables through.”

Although optimistic the first customers would be restored by close of business today, the spokesperson expected repair work to continue for at least a week around the clock.

He estimated the damage bill to be $1 million.

“It’s easier to repair fibre so I expect that will be first,” Middleton said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Telstra

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

I’m a tradesman who is on the road all of the time and whose car is his office. The RJ-4230B is ideal for me and makes a key part of my job much easier and also makes my business appear more professional. I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5. I highly recommend it to any other tradies who are looking for way to print documents for their customers.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?