200 OZ Destinations Set For Optus 4G
Optus says the new locations will “significantly expand the reach of Optus’ existing 4G network”, with the No.2 telco planning to “cover 90% of the Australian population by April 2015”.
Much like Telstra, Optus is using 700MHz spectrum – and the 2600MHz spectrum – with 700MHz spectrum becoming available from January 2015 and the 2600MHz spectrum having gone online from October 2014 (although West Australians must wait until February 2016, a much longer timeframe).
Optus MD of Networks, Vic McClelland said: “Optus is bringing more choice and competition in 4G services to Australians, whether they’re holidaying by the beach, travelling to wine regions or living in larger regional and coastal towns across the country.
“4G delivers faster mobile internet speeds for customers with compatible mobile phones and tablets, which means customers can download, upload and stream at superfast speeds. Plus, the roll-out of Optus 4G will mean a better 3G experience by improving network capacity as customers transition to the new 4G data network.”
Optus 4G sites using 2600MHz have already gone live in “parts of Ballarat, Cairns, Port Macquarie and Port Augusta”, but 30 more locations will “get their first taste of 4G from next week”, from Albury to Armidale and Urunga to Yeppoon.
700MHz 4G is also set to come nationally, including capital cities and regional areas.
Optus customers with “compatible 4G devices in metropolitan areas can also look forward to a better mobile internet experience indoors, as Optus improves its existing 4G network using the new 700MHz spectrum.”
Mr McClelland added that: “This extra spectrum means our data-hungry customers will be able to get more out of their mobiles in the lead up to the holiday season and throughout the summer, which is great news for those living in or travelling to regional Australia.
“We have invested significant resources into upgrading existing mobile towers to meet the increasing data demands of our customers, improve their network experience and provide superfast speeds”.
Optus reminds us that several smratphones already support 2600 MHz spectrum, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, Samsung Galaxy SIII 4G, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z2, while the latest 700MHz compatible devices include the Samsung Galaxy S5, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, LG G3 and HTC One (M8).
Optus says the following regions (listed below) are currently planned to get Optus 4G between October 2014 and April 2015, with more details available at the Optus coverage site.
More info on Optus 4G is here.
New South Wales
Richmond Valley – Coastal
Richmond Valley – Hinterland
Upper Murray ex Albury
Barwon – West
Gippsland – East
Gippsland – South West
Murray River/Swan Hill
Upper Goulburn Valley
Upper Murray ex Albury
Bowen Basin – North
Cairns – North
Cairns – South
Darling Downs – East
Darling Downs – West/Maranoa
Outback – North
Eyre Peninsula/South West
Murray and Mallee
Outback – North and East
Hobart – North East
Meander Valley/West Tamar
South East Coast
Wheat Belt – North