Commenting on todays outage of cellular and fixed line services across the zone, the Optus boss confirmed that the best engineers across the group’s offshore Technical Excellence Hubs were working through the issues, turning things off and on again, in various sequences and combinations.
The work was hampered to some extent by the engineers’ physical distance from the zone’s telecommunications equipment. Optus has already secured agreement with Andrew Gilles to fast track visas for up to 50,000 specialist turning-off-and-on personnel from Bengaluru and Manila.
When contacted, spokespersons for Telstra and NBNCo confirmed that the 50,000 visas provided to Optus personnel did not eat into their own visa allocations for up to 130,000 script-readers. NBNCo encouraged affected Optus users to test-drive NBNCo’s SkyMuster service, offering near-DSL speeds, starting from $100 per month.