Optus completes repair works in Ipswich residential network

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By Xien Jana Vencio | January 28, 2011 12:04 PM EST

Australia's telecoms giant Optus on Friday reported that it has completed repair works in fixed residential network. However, the company said they are still repairing phone lines of customers that sustained water damage.

Optus fixed line technicians are proactively visiting flood affected residential customers in Brisbane and Ipswich to assess damaged equipment and where possible reconnect customers to the network. Some fixed line business customers in parts of the Brisbane CBD may still experience problems as a result of power outages or water damage.

The Optus Open mobile network in Brisbane has returned to normal service with additional field technicians from interstate helping to repair damaged infrastructure. There is currently only one mobile site unavailable due to water damage and will need to be rebuilt. However services remain unaffected due to coverage overlap from adjoining sites.

Optus continues to use its satellite capability to provide temporary mobile coverage at the evacuation centre in Murphy's Creek and continues to monitor closely the performance of its mobile network throughout Ipswich, Brisbane and Regional Queensland including the Lockyer Valley.

For Optus customers who are awaiting mobile handset repairs or replacements from Optus Insurance, 'yes' Optus Shops in Queensland and selected retailers will be carrying increased stock levels of loan phones to help provide greater access to services.

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