Regional South Australia

CUSTOMER SERVICE ADVICE FROM OPTUS

Extreme Weather events impact service in Yorke Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula, North West Pastoral, North East Pastoral, Flinders, Mid North, Riverland, Murraylands and Mounty Lofty Ranges Districts of South Australia.

Optus is working to manage the significant impact to Optus services that has occurred as a result of a series of extreme weather events in the Yorke Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula, North West Pastoral, North East Pastoral, Flinders, Mid North, Riverland, Murraylands and Mounty Lofty Ranges Districts of South Australia on or about Wednesday 7 January 2015 through to Saturday 10 January 2015.

Due to the effect of damage to the telecommunications network by severe thunderstorms, there has been a significant increase in the number of Optus services being reported as faulty. As a result, there has been some disruption to service and delays to normal installation and repair activities.

Optus apologises to any affected customers.

Information as to the nature of these severe weather events can be sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Heavy rainfall and damaging winds are referred to in the BOM Severe Weather Warning issued for 7 January 2015 initially at 12:49 pm Wednesday, 7 January 2015; all of which were widely reported in the news media after the events.

Optus has identified that the effect of these circumstances may apply to approximately 270 services. Some of these services may not be installed or repaired within Optus's standard time frames. The number of possibly affected services may increase or decrease as Optus assesses the full effect of the extreme weather conditions. Based on current information, the resumption date of Optus's normal service operations is expected to be 1 February 2015. This date is indicative only, however, and may be subject to change once the full impact of the extreme weather conditions has been assessed.

Optus regrets any inconvenience caused to customers and thanks them for their patience while this work is being undertaken.

Optus services encompassed in this exemption are in the area bounded by and including, but not limited to, the area starting at Port Neill on the Spencer Gulf and following the coastline to Elliston then northeast past Wudinna to Buckleboo, then turns north to Mount Ive. The area then heads northwest past Lake Everard then north to the Stuart Hwy (A87) and following the Stuart Hwy northwest past Coober Pedy to Marla, west to Mintabie then north to where the Stuart Highway (A87) meets the Northern Territory border. The area then turns east and follows the SA/Northern Territory border past Poeppel Corner to Haddon Corner then turns south following the border to Pinnaroo. From Pinnaroo the area heads southeast to Kingston SE and follows the coastline to Goolwa the area then heads north east to Palmer, northwest to St Kilda and following the coastline back to Port Neill. All suburbs and towns, off shore islands and coastal areas serviced by Optus within these boundaries are encompassed in this exemption.

Services in the area mentioned above with phone numbers in the following number ranges may have been affected:

0872800000 To 0872809999 0883889000 To 0883889999
0872870000 To 0872879999 0885216000 To 0885432999
0875071000 To 0875072999 0885600000 To 0885959999
0875090000 To 0875094999 0886202000 To 0886895999
0875580000 To 0875599999 0888210000 To 0888689999
0876090000 To 0876091999 0888722000 To 0888722999
0876283000 To 0876283999 0888900000 To 0888949999
0881889000 To 0881889999      

As these circumstances were outside of Optus's control, Optus is claiming an exemption from compliance with time frames and performance standards required under the Telecommunications (Customer Service Guarantee) Standard 2011. Therefore Optus is notifying customers that normal installation and repair time frames may not be met during the period from 9 January 2015 to 1 February 2015 inclusive (based on Optus's estimated recovery schedule correct at the time of publication of this notice) and, under section 21 of the Telecommunications (Customer Service Guarantee) Standard 2011, Optus will be exempt from complying with performance standards during this period.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for a CSG payment under this notice, or wish to have us reconsider whether the circumstances were a proper basis for claiming an exemption, you can contact Optus on 13 39 37– quoting CSG exemption reference number 09012015-SA-S-C-P-REGIONAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA_RU You can also view a copy of this notice on our Internet site www.optus.com.au/msd If, after calling Optus on the above number, you remain unsatisfied with our response to your query, you have the option of raising the matter with the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO). Information on the TIO and contact details are available on the Internet (www.tio.com.au) and in the White Pages® telephone directory.