QLD North Tropical Coast and Tablelands - Extension


Extreme Weather events impact service in the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands.

As previously notified by Optus on Tuesday 27 January 2015, Optus’s normal operations in the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands region of Queensland were affected by a series of extreme weather events on or about Friday 16 January 2015. The telecommunications network in these areas have experienced high levels of damage that 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 continued weather effects, the expected recovery date has now been extended to 29 March 2015.

Optus has identified that the effect of these circumstances applies to an additional 480 services bringing the total number of services impacted to approximately 1230 services. This number may increase as Optus assesses the full effect of the extreme weather conditions. Based on current information, the resumption date of normal service operations is expected to be 29 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 is not limited to the area starting at Cape Tribulation following the coastline south past Port Douglas, Cairns, Innisfail and Ingham to Bluewater. The area then heads northwest past Mount Fox to Mount Garnet, north past Dimbulah to Lakeland, then southeast back to Cape Tribulation. 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:

0740283000 To 0740283999 0744019000 To 0744021999
0740300000 To 0740999999 0744200000 To 0744208999
0742055000 To 0742055999 0747203000 To 0747203999
0742132000 To 0742139999 0747404000 To 0747404999
0742210000 To 0742218999 0747527000 To 0747809999
0742321000 To 0742329999 0747918000 To 0747989999

As these circumstances were outside of Optus’s control, Optus is claiming an extension to time frames applying under the Telecommunications (Customer Service Guarantee) Standard 2011. This means that Optus is notifying customers that normal service time frames may not be met during the period of 21 January 2015 to 29 March 2015 inclusive (based on Optus’s estimated recovery schedule correct at the time of publication of this notice).

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 21012015-QLD-E-C-P-NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS RUL_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.