Gosnells: damaged phone cables to be restored by tomorrow night, says Telstra

Some of the damaged cables.
A Telstra worker restoring the cabling.
Some of the damaged cables. A Telstra worker restoring the cabling.

GOSNELLS residents are expected to have full phone and internet service restored by tomorrow night after major cable damage.

Telstra WA area general manager Boyd Brown said today about 700 customers were still experiencing issues, but were expected to have their service progressively restored by the evening of October 10.

Armadale Detectives are investigating the possible attempted theft of copper cabling which caused the significant disruption.

The incident occurred between 11pm on Thursday, September 28, and 4am on Friday, September 29, at Dorothy Street in Gosnells.

A major cable was cut, causing an outage impacting about 4000 Telstra customers in the area.

Mr Brown said Telstra staff had been working 24 hours a day to repair the damage.

“This is the sixth incident of this type over the past two months,” Mr Brown said.

Cables have been cut across Perth including in Cannington, Maddington, Mullaloo and Hilton.

“We’re not aware of the reason behind these cut cables, but this vandalism is having a significant impact on our customers,” Mr Brown said.

“Previous attacks have impacted around 6000 customers and combined with this event, means over 10,000 people have had their fixed lined or internet services disrupted.”

South East Metropolitan District Inspector Rod Petterson said anyone with information regarding the incident, including scrap metal dealers, should come forward.

“Tampering with cables such as these is dangerous and can place the offenders and other members of the public at risk,” he said.

Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online.

If you are a Telstra customer and still experiencing issues with your fixed line or ADSL after Tuesday night, call 13 22 00 to report the fault.

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