Unkind cut for Telstra as fibre-optic cable severed

TELSTRA’S bad luck continued yesterday when 10,200 customers in Portland, Port Fairy, Penshurst, Edenhope and Coleraine districts lost phone and data services after a fibre-optic cable was severed in Melbourne.

It was the second time since the infamous November 22 Warrnambool exchange fire that a cable cut has blacked out Port Fairy district customers.

Ironically the line was chosen by Telstra to re-route parts of the south-west away from the main Warrnambool exchange to another in South Melbourne after the big fire.

Yesterday’s blow happened at 1.55pm when a main fibre-optic line in Melbourne’s western suburbs was sliced, apparently by an earthmoving machine.

Repair crews were working through the evening to repair the link.

“It’s an unfortunate con­s­­e­quence,”  Telstra regional manager Bill Mundy said yesterday.

“The cost to repair a fibre-optic link is not insignificant and reinforces the necessity for contractors and property owners to dial before they dig.”

In December the south-west cable was cut at Meredith by a Golden Plains Shire crew.

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