Optus has just upgraded its network meaning Sydneysiders will receive full coverage 2G, 3G mobile signals in tunnels on the North Shore and Western Lines.
For the first time since mobile roll out, commuters can now receive full signal on their mobiles, tabs and other devices, so they can talk, surf the web on the move.
But thats not all – further expansion is planned for the City Circle tunnels, Optus have confirmed.
After testing period, Optus switched on the network for the first time last night.
The upgrade enables commuter connectivity through the rail tunnels between Central and Chatswood – one of Sydney’s busiest train lines.
In partnership with the NSW Government and RailCorp Optus was the lead carrier in this “highly anticipated industry project,” according to a statement.
Telstra have just confirmed thousands of its customers will also avail of the service.
The new coverage incorporates super fast 3G Dual Channel HSPA+ delivering a typical downloads of 1-20Mbps with plans to upgrade to 4G ‘soon’, Telstra Director of Networks, Anthony Goonan, confirmed.
“Sydney customers have been waiting far too long to use this service and it is a testament to the Minister for Transport, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, that we are able to make this announcement today, who accelerated this project by making it a top priority,” GÃ¼nther Ottendorfer, Managing Director Optus Networks said.
|“Today marks an important step in delivering much-needed rail tunnel coverage to Sydneysiders as they travel around this beautiful city.”
“Optus and RailCorp will continue working together to bring the next stages of this project to busy commuters later this year,” Ottendorfer said.