Telstra to continue repairs on fibre line: update

TELSTRA will need to return to the rural property near Moruya to continue repairs on mysteriously damaged major transmission fibre telecommunications line.

The damaged fibre cable on the property impacted on ADSL and some phone lines in the Tuross Head, Bodalla and Dalmeny areas north of Narooma.

There were even reports of ADSL services being down as far south as Central Tilba. The damage is thought to have occurred on Sunday afternoon.

Being a major transmission line, Telstra says the impact was widespread but at this time what went wrong remains unclear.

Businesses in these areas were among the 1400 customers impacted on over the Australia Day long-weekend losing out on business due to the lack of EFTPOS service.

Bodalla service station operator Andrew Tyrell said he was more than 50 per cent down on revenue on Monday because of phone issues and that it had been a huge loss for businesses.

Telstra regional manager Chris Taylor told the Narooma News at 3.15pm on Monday that a crew was in the process of accessing the line on the rural property and attempting to get the landowner to remove livestock.

An excavator was on the scene ready to start digging.

Taylor said the universal service obligation meant the line had to be repaired by Wednesday, January 29.

On Tuesday, Taylor said the line had been repaired on Monday night restoring service from about 7pm onwards.

However it was only a temporary fix and crews would need to return in the next two weeks to do more permanent works, and only then would it become clear what went wrong and caused the damage.

Livestock again would need to be cleared from the area of damage on private property.

There would be another “down time” but it would be timed to reduce impacts, he said.

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