Surfs Up! Optus 4G Hits Goldie, Brissie
Optus activates its first 4G network in Surfers Paradise and Brisbane CBD, it said today.
The telco has enabled its 4G LTE services at four sites in Surfers Paradise, for the first time, centred around Cavill Ave.
Next gen 4G LTE services allows smartphone and tablet users to get faster upload/download Internet speeds, faster photo sharing or posting to Facebook, Twitter.
Optus says its 4G service delivers download speeds of up to 47 megabits per second.
The yellow telco anticipates a growing number of holiday makers travelling to the Goldie with 4G-ready mobile devices, in particular after a number of high profile LTE device releases including iPhone 5, HTC and Samsung handsets.
In Brisbane, the telco will switch on five new 4G sites for the first time next week, ahead of a wider roll-out in December and January 2013.
The Optus 4G sites in Brissie going live from next week are in the CBD area’s North, East, South, North Quay, Alice & George St, a spokesperson confirmed to SmartHouse.
Optus will also switch on more 4G sites at Surfers in December.
Oz telco no. 2 switched its 4G network live in Sydney and Perth in September, although rival Telstra’s LTE network has already celebrated its first birthday with over 500,000 customers at last count, and greater coverage.
“2012 has seen Optus undertake one of the largest ever network programmes for our customers, with the completion of large scale 3G network enhancements and the launch of 4G services in Newcastle, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne,” declared GÃ¼nther Ottendorfer, Managing Director Optus Networks.
The Singapore-owned telco say the next gen network rollout to the Queensland capital and Surfers is six months ahead of schedule, although it is likely it was feeling the heat after No. 1 rival Telstra was so far ahead in the 4G race.
Vodafone will go live with its 4G service early 2013.
“Today demonstrates Optus’ commitment to being a leader in 4G” the Optus networks boss added.
But Optus said it isn’t turning its back on 3G, just yet.
“For customers using our 3G services, they will be pleased to know that Optus will continue to deliver stronger 3G performance, with further upgrades and new sites planned across south-east Queensland over the next 12 months.”