Extreme Weather events impact service in Sydney Metropolitan district

Optus is working to manage the significant impact to Optus services that has occurred as a result of a series of extreme weather events in the Sydney Metropolitan region of New South Wales on or about Sunday 3 January 2016 through to Wednesday 6 January 2016.

Due to the effect of damage to the telecommunications network by heavy rainfall, there has been a significant increase in the number of Optus services being reported as faulty. As a result, there has been some disruption to service and delays to normal installation and repair activities.

Optus apologises to any affected customers.

Information as to the nature of these severe weather events can be sourced from Weatherzone at Heavy rainfall across the Sydney Metropolitan catchment area is detailed within this site for Sunday 3 January 2016 through to Wednesday 6 January 2016; 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 approximately 3,150 services. Some of these services may not be installed or repaired within Optus’s standard time frames. The number of possibly affected services may increase or decrease as Optus assesses the full effect of the extreme weather conditions. Based on current information, the resumption date of Optus’s normal service operations is expected to be 7 February 2016. This date is indicative only, however, and may be subject to change once the full impact of the extreme weather conditions has been assessed.

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 Palm Beach following the coastline south past Sydney to Cronulla. The area turns west to Grays Point and northwest past Woronora and Kemps Creek to Mulgoa. From Mulgoa the area turns southwest to Gurnang, northwest to Blayney and northeast to Sofala. From Sofala the area heads southeast to Kurrajong then east past Windsor to Mt Colah then northeast back to Palm Beach. 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:

0247048000 To 0247048999 0284079000 To 0284079999
0247063000 To 0247064999 0284110000 To 0284119999
0247206000 To 0247399999 0284220000 To 0284483499
0247510000 To 0247599999 0284673100 To 0284679999
0247760000 To 0247804999 0285122000 To 0285436999
0247890000 To 0247899999 0285440000 To 0285449999
0253106000 To 0253106999 0285570000 To 0285969999
0253185000 To 0253185999 0286250000 To 0286259999
0253530000 To 0253538999 0286280000 To 0286289999
0253540000 To 0253548999 0286331000 To 0286339999
0253550000 To 0253550999 0286770000 To 0286789999
0253553000 To 0253553999 0287002700 To 0287889999
0263293000 To 0263396999 0287980000 To 0288878999
0263500000 To 0263685999 0288990000 To 0289259999
0280210000 To 0280219999 0289370000 To 0289374999
0280650000 To 0280659999 0289620000 To 0289788999
0280680000 To 0280689999 0290300000 To 0290319999
0280840000 To 0280849999 0290902000 To 0290902999
0280948000 To 0280950999 0291110000 To 0291119999
0280958000 To 0280959999 0291441000 To 0291509999
0281890000 To 0281899999 0291810000 To 0291815999
0282040200 To 0282046899 0292001000 To 0293399999
0282171300 To 0283064799 0293510000 To 0299998999
0283321400 To 0283998999

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 7 January 2016 to 7 February 2016 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 07012016-NSW-E-C-P-SYDNEY AND SURROUNDING AREAS_RUL You can also view a copy of this notice on our Internet site 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 ( and in the White Pages® telephone directory.