When we first got confirmation that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was going to Optus we were also greeted with the news — via Optus’ Twitter account — that it would be the LTE version. When I checked that news against Optus’ website at the time it didn’t match up — there was not a single mention of LTE. Optus then reached out to us to confirm my thoughts: there will be no LTE Galaxy Nexus, however it is HSPA+. Here’s their official statement on the matter.
We just wanted to confirm the GALAXY Nexus is HSPA+ compatible on our Optus Open Network. Samsung has yet to make any announcements regarding the availability in Australia of an LTE-compatible version of the GALAXY Nexus. For any details on our LTE network roll-out visit – Optus Media Release
Said LTE network will be go live to specific areas starting April 2012 and most importantly my home town of Melbourne — as well as Sydney and Perth — in the middle of next year. It’s a fair while to wait, but the speeds will no doubt be worth it. Considering how long the wait is, the demand for a LTE Galaxy Nexus isn’t going to be all that great.