Telstra to release national fault list

Telstra has agreed to release a list of thousands of telephone network faults previously withheld from public scrutiny, after pressure from the Federal Opposition.

Telstra says it has a database of 20,000 outstanding faults, some of which date back six years that it had kept secret for reasons of commercial sensitivity.

ABC News Online reports the problems range from minor defects to a faulty phone cable that services fifty homes.

Shadow Regional Services Minister, Sue Mackay, said: “Australians have a fundamental right to know what is wrong with the Telstra network, particularly those who live in rural and regional Australia.”

“This is against a background where this government is intent on privatising all of Telstra and here we have both Telstra and the Government trying to cover up vital information about what the state of the network is.”