Sydney and Coastal and Central NSW - Third 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, Thursday 8 January 2015 and Wednesday 4 February 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 and again on Sunday 1 March 2015.

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 12 April 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 large hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging wind initially at 2:54 pm Wednesday, 3 December 2014, and at 2:43 pm Sunday, 1 March 2015, 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 7,800 services bringing the total number of potential services impacted to approximately 39,330 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 12 April 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 Laurieton following the NSW coast southwest past Forster and Newcastle to the Hawkesbury River. The area then turns south along the western shore of Pittwater passing Morning Bay to Church Point. From Church Point the area heads south past Elanora Heights to the coast at Curl Curl and follows the coastline south past Manly to Rose Bay. The area moves south to the Tamarama and follows the coastline south past Wollongong, Jervis Bay and Batemans Bay to Wallaga Lake. 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 southeast to Baerami, 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:

0240077000 To 0240077999 0261560000 To 0261569999
0240091000 To 0240091999 0262201000 To 0262279799
0240131000 To 0240131999 0263052000 To 0263052999
0240140000 To 0240159999 0263288000 To 0263798499
0240230000 To 0240238999 0263900000 To 0263949999
0240241000 To 0240244999 0265200000 To 0265201999
0240280000 To 0240421999 0265370000 To 0265399999
0240480000 To 0240489999 0265500000 To 0265593999
0242200000 To 0242397999 0265701000 To 0265797999
0242431000 To 0242431999 0265910000 To 0265929999
0242440000 To 0242448999 0268160000 To 0268165999
0242510000 To 0242979999 0268347000 To 0268347999
0243200000 To 0243999999 0268500000 To 0268699799
0244059000 To 0244059999 0268901000 To 0268983999
0244078000 To 0244078999 0269708000 To 0269729999
0244123000 To 0244299999 0280210000 To 0280219999
0244410000 To 0244799999 0280650000 To 0280659999
0244810000 To 0244819999 0280680000 To 0280689999
0245049000 To 0245049999 0280840000 To 0280849999
0245600000 To 0245889999 0280948000 To 0280950999
0246020000 To 0246020999 0280958000 To 0280959999
0246031000 To 0246032999 0281890000 To 0281899999
0246200000 To 0246599999 0282040200 To 0282046899
0246770000 To 0246849999 0282174700 To 0283069999
0247048000 To 0247048999 0283320000 To 0283839999
0247063000 To 0247065999 0283940000 To 0283999999
0247200000 To 0247399999 0284079000 To 0284079999
0247510000 To 0247599999 0284110000 To 0284119999
0247730000 To 0247899999 0284220000 To 0284269999
0248200000 To 0248494999 0284375000 To 0284483499
0248541000 To 0248542999 0284675100 To 0284679999
0248600000 To 0248899999 0285080000 To 0285449999
0249020000 To 0249999999 0285570000 To 0285969999
0253098000 To 0253098999 0286250000 To 0286259999
0253106000 To 0253106999 0286280000 To 0286289999
0253185000 To 0253185999 0286331000 To 0286339999
0253530000 To 0253538999 0286654000 To 0286654899
0253540000 To 0253548999 0286770000 To 0286789999
0253550000 To 0253555999 0287000000 To 0288889999
0255560000 To 0255564999 0288991400 To 0289259999
0255915000 To 0255918999 0289370000 To 0289374999
0258048000 To 0258060999 0289620000 To 0289789999
0259083000 To 0259083999 0290300000 To 0290319999
0259590000 To 0259598999 0290902000 To 0290902999
0261180000 To 0261187999 0291441000 To 0291539999
0261346000 To 0261346999 0291810000 To 0291815999
0261386000 To 0261386999 0292001000 To 0299967999

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 12 April 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 2 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.