Darling Downs and Granite Belt QLD - Third Extension

CUSTOMER SERVICE ADVICE FROM OPTUS

Ongoing Extreme Weather events impact service in parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt District of Queensland.

As previously notified by Optus on Friday 19 December 2014, Wednesday 14 January 2015 and Wednesday 4 February 2015, Optus’s normal operations in parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt region of Queensland have been affected by ongoing extreme weather events on or about Thursday 11 December 2014 continuing to date.

The telecommunications network in these areas has experienced high levels of damage that has resulted in delays to installation and repair activities on a significant number of Optus services. Due to the extent of damage to the Optus network, the impact in the affected region has been greater than initially estimated, and as a consequence of the ongoing weather effects, the expected recovery date has now been further extended to 15 March 2015.

Information as to the nature of these severe weather events can be sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Destructive wind, large hailstones and flash flooding are referred to in the BOM Severe Weather Warning issued for 11 December 2014 initially at 10:50 am Thursday, 11 December 2014; all of which were widely reported in the news media after these events. Optus has identified that the effect of these circumstances may apply to an additional 45 services bringing the total number of potential services impacted to approximately 780 services. This number may increase as Optus assesses the full effect of the ongoing extreme weather conditions. Based on current information, the resumption date of normal service operations is expected to be 15 March 2015. This date is indicative only; Optus customers should anticipate that some further delays may occur.

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 Cambooya in Queensland heading southeast to Aratula then south to the Queensland/NSW border. The area then follows the Queensland/NSW state border west past Texas and Goondiwindi to Mungindi. From Mungindi the area then heads northeast to Teelba, east to Tara, southeast to Milmerran and then heads northeast back to Cambooya. All suburbs and towns 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:

0745282000 To 0745282999 0745940000 To 0745963999
0745408000 To 0745408999 0746120000 To 0746399999
0745648000 To 0745649999 0746509000 To 0746999999
0745719000 To 0745719999  

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 12 December 2014 to 15 March 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 12122014-QLD-E-C-P-DARLING DOWNS AND GRANITE BELT_RUL_EXT_EXT2 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.