Damaged cables could cost Telstra $110M

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Telstra could spend $110 million over the next three years fixing damaged telecommunications cable joints caused by faulty gel sealant.

Unions have claimed the problem could cost the telco up to $1 billion in a submission to the Estens inquiry,

Telstra MD of corporate and human resources Bill Scales claimed that in 97 percent of the cases the sealant – which caused damage to around 100,000 cable joints - is effective.

Telstra said it had budgeted $75 million over two years to rectify the problem, but said that figure could increase.

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