Optus today have announced the great news for Sydney and Perth users when they launched their 4G Network.

They’ve released both 4G USB and 4G Wi-Fi hotspot hardware giving access to their brand new 4G as well as the 3G/3g+ networks.
Optus’ internal testing claims wireless data speeds of up to 200Mbps which is truly astounding and almost certainly attributable in part to their acquisition of Vivid Wireless which gave Optus access to wireless spectrum previously unavailable to them.

Promising more around the corner with their network improvements, our source has also noted discussions overheard of “Samsung and HTC 4G phones deliverable to customers very soon”. As a consumer, it’s only a good thing to have another 4G network to battle Telstra and hopefully push prices down.

18 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
PhantomMeat
PhantomMeat
8 years ago

Lets hope their coverage is good.. Optus is dismal where I live, at my house it’s full reception, drive 5 minutes down the road (still in full suburbia) and reception drops to 1 bar

Bart Simpson
Bart Simpson
8 years ago

Would be interesting to see an actual SpeedTest result !!! Anyone thinking of buying this ?

Andrew Palozzo
8 years ago

What frequency is this running on? Any plans for Melbourne release? With Telstra hiking up their data prices, i’m interested…

Ant
Ant
8 years ago

According to the Optus network Coverage map, they are using 1800Mhz.
https://www.optus.com.au/shop/mobilephone/coverage

Andrew Palozzo
Reply to  Ant
8 years ago

that’s the same as telstra… are devices interchangeable?

Phil Tann
Phil Tann
Reply to  Andrew Palozzo
8 years ago

In theory yes: but you’re then putting a “Next G Optimised” device on drOptus…
This will not end well for anyone!

Why not divide by zero? ๐Ÿ˜›

Hikari0307
Hikari0307
8 years ago

Which spectrum does optus use for 4G? The same as Telstra?

Phil Tann
Phil Tann
Reply to  Hikari0307
8 years ago

At the moment yes, but they have acceess to 700Mhz as of June next year that “in theory” will allow them HUGE speeds over good distance too. 700mhz spectrum is currently in use for Analog TV for anyone that’s wondering.

Erina
Erina
Reply to  Phil Tann
8 years ago

They would have to be able to buy enough of that spectrum when the government auctions it off next year first though XD
I’m pretty sure voda and Telstra would be looking at acquiring parts of the spectrum as well as apparently it’s the best for LTE.

David Porter
8 years ago

With more spectrum than Telstra and cheaper pricing, it’ll be interesting to see how Optus backhaul will cope. Hope they smash Telstra.

Christopher Kostakis
8 years ago

Do we know what spectrum they’re using yet?

JP
JP
8 years ago

Why doesn’t Optus invest their time and money in improving existing networks? The introduction of 4G has diversified their service offering but doesn’t change the fact that their still offering mediocre services. I struggle to find reception with existing 3G networks travelling to and from work. However with my work phone using Telstra services I find them being absolutely mind blowing when making comparisons.

David Porter
Reply to  JP
8 years ago

They are and already have in some areas. Entire country will have an additional 3G frequency to utilise. Research 3GPlus.

Ronnie Beck
Ronnie Beck
Reply to  JP
8 years ago

Exactly what I thought. My experience has been that unless you are in the Sydney metropolitan area, forget any sort of service quality. I am spending lots of time in the Hunter Valley and Newcastle. I wait minutes for a page to render on my phone with Optus. On the Telstra service I have in my tablet, pages just fly. It is the Optus back end infrastructure and the lack of coverage that fails them. Not the lack of 4g.

Hikari0307
Hikari0307
Reply to  JP
8 years ago

They are spending their resources to improve 3G, just not enough, they have to start on 4G now, if not by the time 4G becomes as common as 3G, you’ll be complaining on why they didn’t spend their resources to roll out and improve 4G.

Carbs
Carbs
Reply to  JP
8 years ago

From what I hear Optus are moving their 3G to 900Mhz in the “extended metro” area’s (to be the same a regional areas) later in the year, so they should have better coverage soon.

I also believe Optus are looking at using 700Hmz for 4G once it comes up for auction… assuming analog TV can finally be killed off around the country.

PhantomMeat
PhantomMeat
Reply to  JP
8 years ago

My sentiments exactly..

nevetsg
Reply to  JP
8 years ago

I concur, 4G is useless if the backend is over loaded. I have actually found that switching back to 2g will often give me increased data speed. Even when I have full bars of 3G signal.