Problems with Telstra's phone lines

A quote from the Australian Financial Review: Friday, June 25, 1999...

By Telstra's own admission, the 10 million-line copper network described as the "crown jewels" is struggling to meet demand and has a fault rate more than double the international standard.

Mr Shore said the network was not waterproof because of constant maintenance, caused by the lack of investment, and required 1.3 million repairs a year, or 25,000 a week. "

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