Optus phones hung up
OPTUS landline and mobile phones were interrupted in North Queensland yesterday afternoon due to a ‘‘ hardware problem’’. An Optus spokeswoman said services were disrupted to several areas between Cairns and Gympie, including Townsville. The spokeswoman said crews worked hard to have the problem fixed about an hour later. ‘‘ Optus obviously apologises for any inconvenience caused to our customers,’’ she said.