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Number of Telkom reports picked up by Down Detector. Source Down Detector.
  • Network service provider Openserve, which runs Telkom's network, has confirmed a fault currently impacting voice services. 
  • The most affected are smart customer call centre numbers in the 086 range, which are dropping calls nationwide. 
  • The fault is affecting multiple businesses from emergency rescue service through to call centres at Discovery. 
  • Many businesses are providing alternative sources of communications. 
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UPDATE: The 086 numbers used by call centres are now back online, Telkom says

Network service provider Openserve, the telecommunications infrastructure company that handles the backbone of Telkom's network, has confirmed a fault currently impacting voice services, especially calls to some call centres.

“Voice services have been largely impacted since 07h00 this morning with intermittent call termination failures,” said the company in a statement.

“Openserve confirms that its high-level support personnel are currently engaging with its vendor technical support teams to isolate and resolve a fault that is currently impacting voice services.”

The company has apologised to all those affected and said it had escalated the matter as a high priority.

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Number of Telkom reports picked up by Down Detector. Source Down Detector.

The most affected appear to be smart call centres lines that make use of 086 numbers, which are dropping calls nationwide. 

These are mostly the toll -free numbers, as well as other Telkom landline operations businesses use, reported Mybroadband.

One emergency line has also been affected, that of the Divers Alert Network or DAN South Africa

"Please note that our call centres are affected by a Telkom network issue in South Africa. We are working to resolve this as soon as possible. Please use +27 82 810 6010 or to contact the DAN hotline for dive safety advice or an emergency. For the DAN admin office use +27 71 476 1138 or" is states on its website. 

The fault mostly affects call centers used by the likes of banks and insurance companies. Some are now providing alternative numbers to use.

Telkom - WhatsApp or SMS 081 160 1700

SAhomeLoans - 031 576 5858

Discovery Bank -  011 324 4000

Discovery Health, Life, Invest and Bank - 011 539 6006

OUTsurance -

1Life insurance - 010 493 9007

Hollard - 011 351 4669

Investec – DM over social media

Telkom – DM over social media


Virgin Active – 021 684 3002

African Bank – DM over social media

Bidvest- 011 407 3103

Standard Bank - Lost & Stolen cards 011 299 4114; Transactional banking 011 299 4701; Home Loans 011 299 4600; Vehicle Asset Finance 011 299 4747

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