PERTH AND SURROUNDING DISTRICT
CUSTOMER SERVICE ADVICE FROM OPTUS
Extreme Heat impacts service in Perth and part of the Lower West District of Western Australia.
Optus is working to manage the significant impact to service delivery as a consequence of a period of extremely hot weather in Perth and part of the Lower West District of Western Australia on or about Sunday 7 February 2016 through to Wednesday 10 February 2016.
Optus takes the health and safety of its staff very seriously. Technicians working outdoors and in confined spaces during a period of extreme heat may be at risk of serious and potentially fatal heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke. On this basis Optus has taken measures to limit its service delivery during this period in compliance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. 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 this heat wave can be sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) internet site http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/forecasts/. 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 1,380 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 heat conditions. Based on current information, the resumption date of Optus's normal service operations is expected to be 21 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 not limited to, the area starting at Two Rocks on the WA coast heading southeast past Bullsbrook and Gidgegannup to Chidlow, southwest to Mundaring Weir, then turning southeast to Boddington. From Boddington the area heads southwest past Yarloop to Myalup and then follows the coastline north past Mandurah, Fremantle and Perth back to Two Rocks. All suburbs and towns including metropolitan Perth, 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:
|0861507000 to 0861509999||0864060000 to 0864069999|
|0861530000 to 0861536999||0864360000 to 0864369999|
|0861610000 to 0861629999||0864690000 to 0864699999|
|0861900000 to 0861919999||0864890000 to 0864989999|
|0861960000 to 0861969999||0865950000 to 0865959999|
|0861990000 to 0861999999||0892010000 to 0894999999|
|0862100200 to 0862589999||0895117000 to 0895117999|
|0862720000 to 0862799999||0895123000 to 0895123999|
|0862931000 to 0863182999||0895180000 to 0895182999|
|0863300000 to 0863327999||0895230000 to 0895389999|
|0863500000 to 0863509999||0895500000 to 0895999999|
|0863611000 to 0863611999||0897330000 to 0897399999|
|0863800000 to 0863899999||0897826000 to 0897829999|
|0864013000 to 0864013999|
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 10 February 2016 to 21 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 10022016-WA-S-F-P-PERTH AND SURROUNDING DISTRICT_RU
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.