Optus phone, mobile, Internet downed by QLD hoe

If you can read this, you're not in QLD

Optus has confirmed its major fibre cables in Queensland have been severed in a construction mishap, cutting Internet connections, PSTN and mobile phone services to more than one million customers.

The outage occurred at around 8.00AM this morning and also severed Internet links for Primus customers. A spokesperson for Primus said the cables were accidentally cut by a farmer.

"We were told by Optus this morning that a farmer had cut the cables digging around with a backhoe," he said.

The incident followed a separate unconfirmed failure in Optus' Stanthorpe Point of Presence (POP) which affected coastal and inland transmission links.

Fixed line voice calls to and from Queensland have been cut for Optus customers, along with celluar services and Internet connections to interstate and international servers.

An Optus spokesperson said technicians are on site assessing the problem and are expected resolve the outage by midday.

"We cannot confirm the cause of the break, and we apologise for the inconvenience to our customers," he said.

A spokesperson at Highway 1 said the outage was not part of schedule maintenance for later this month to repair existing cable damages.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Darren Pauli

Computerworld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?