Sydney and Coastal and Central NSW - Second Extension
CUSTOMER SERVICE ADVICE FROM OPTUS
Ongoing Extreme Weather events impact service in Sydney and Greater Sydney, South Coast, Illawarra, Hunter, Mid North Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands Districts and parts of the Central West Slopes and Plains and South West Slopes Districts of New South Wales.
As previously notified by Optus on Friday 12 December 2014 and Thursday 8 January 2015, Optus’s normal operations in the Sydney and Greater Sydney, South Coast, Illawarra, Hunter, Mid North Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands Districts and parts of the Central West Slopes and Plains and South West Slopes Districts of New South Wales have been affected by ongoing extreme weather events on or about Wednesday 3 December 2014 through to Sunday 7 December 2014 continuing to date.
The telecommunications network in these areas have 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). Large hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging wind are referred to in the BOM Severe Weather Warning issued for 3 December 2014 initially at 2:54 pm Wednesday, 3 December 2014; 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 an additional 12,750 services bringing the total number of potential services impacted to approximately 31,530 services. This number may increase as Optus assesses the full affect 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 Laurieton following the NSW coast southwest past Forster, Newcastle, Manly, Wollongong, Jervis Bay and Batemans Bay to Wallaga Lake Heights. The area turns northwest to Bunyan, northeast past Jerangle and Ballalaba to Nerriga then northwest to Murrumbateman. From Murrumbateman the area heads southwest to Brindabella, northwest to Jugiong and northeast to Frogmore then northwest past Bland and Lake Cargelligo to Mount Hope. The area then heads north to Bobadah, southeast to Stuart Town, northeast past Ulan to the Coolah Tops National Park. From the Coolah Tops National Park the area turns east to Murrurundi, northeast to Nowendoc, southeast past Elands back to Laurieton. All suburbs and towns, including metropolitan Sydney, 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:
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|0240140000 To 0240159999||0263052000 To 0263052999|
|0240230000 To 0240238999||0263288000 To 0263798499|
|0240241000 To 0240244999||0263900000 To 0263949999|
|0240280000 To 0240421999||0265200000 To 0265593999|
|0240480000 To 0240489999||0265700000 To 0265797999|
|0242200000 To 0242397999||0265910000 To 0265929999|
|0242431000 To 0242431999||0268160000 To 0268165999|
|0242440000 To 0242448999||0268347000 To 0268347999|
|0242510000 To 0242979999||0268500000 To 0268699799|
|0243200000 To 0243999999||0268901000 To 0268983999|
|0244059000 To 0244059999||0269708000 To 0269729999|
|0244078000 To 0244078999||0280210000 To 0280219999|
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|0244810000 To 0244819999||0280840000 To 0280849999|
|0245049000 To 0245049999||0280948000 To 0280950999|
|0245600000 To 0245889999||0280958000 To 0280959999|
|0246020000 To 0246020999||0281890000 To 0281899999|
|0246031000 To 0246032999||0282040200 To 0282046899|
|0246200000 To 0246599999||0282171300 To 0283069999|
|0246770000 To 0246849999||0283320000 To 0283999999|
|0247048000 To 0247048999||0284079000 To 0284079999|
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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 4 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 04122014-NSW-E-C-P-SYDNEY AND COASTAL AND CENTRAL NSW_EXT_EXT 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.