Extreme Weather events impact service in part of the Wide Bay and Burnett District and parts of the Southeast Coast District of Queensland.

As previously notified by Optus on Monday 2nd March 2015, and Thursday April 2nd, Optus’s normal operations in part of the Wide Bay and Burnett District and part of the Southeast Coast District of Queensland have been affected by extreme weather events caused by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia on or about Thursday 19 February 2015 through to Sunday 22 February 2015. The telecommunications networks 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 the expected recovery date has now been further extended to 31 May 2015.

Optus has identified that the effect of these circumstances may apply to an additional 1,350 services bringing the total number of potential services impacted to approximately 4,080 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 31 May 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 Woodgate following the coastline south past Hervey Bay, Noosa Heads and Caloundra to Beachmere. The area then heads southwest to Mount Glorious then west to Ravensbourne. From Ravensbourne the area turns northeast past Moore to Jimna and then northwest to Kilkivan. The area heads north to Brooweena then northeast back to Woodgate. 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:

0731133000 To 0731133999 0734960000 To 0734962999
0731330000 To 0731349999 0738829400 To 0738973799
0731410000 To 0731420999 0741200000 To 0741299999
0731422000 To 0731439999 0741836000 To 0741837999
0731610000 To 0731629999 0741839000 To 0741988999
0731720000 To 0731729999 0743032000 To 0743256999
0731890000 To 0731909999 0753094000 To 0753096999
0733843600 To 0733857999 0753240000 To 0753269999
0734000000 To 0734109999 0753300000 To 0753528999
0734250000 To 0734259999 0753701000 To 0753710999
0734725000 To 0734725999 0753900000 To 0753909999
0734759000 To 0734769999 0754010000 To 0754599999
0734784000 To 0734784999 0754700000 To 0754999999
0734910000 To 0734914999      

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 23 February 2015 to 31 May 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 23022015-QLD-E-C-P-EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE MARCIA_RUL_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.