Thursday , May 24 2018

Optus 4G goes live in Melbourne

See that guy in the photo above? He’s blown away. Why? Optus 4G has gone live in Melbourne, that’s why. With the speeds we’ve seen on the Optus 4G network in Sydney, you’re about to be blown away Melbourne – look out!

Today’s launch in Melbourne follows Optus’ initial switch on of 4G in April in the Greater Newcastle region, as well as turning on 4G in Sydney and Perth earlier this month. To bolster its existing 3G network, Optus has also rolled out a large scale 3G enhancement programme across more than 700 mobile sites in metropolitan Melbourne.

Said Günther Ottendorfer, Managing Director of Networks at Optus:

“We are excited about the launch of Optus 4G and the expansion of our 3G enhancement programme across Melbourne. Our customers have told us what matters most to them, and we have listened to their feedback to deliver a mobile network that will provide quicker data speeds, better call quality and improved in-building coverage in more areas – so they can stay in touch and do more.”

The Optus 4G network has the largest 4G footprint in the Melbourne metropolitan area, stretching approximately 10km from the CBD – from Mt Waverly in the east to St Albans in the west, and from Hampton in the south to Campbellfield in the north. Telstra’s 4G footprint is similar, though not exactly the same, so you really should check out the coverage maps to determine which network offers you the best 4G coverage. Telstra’s is here, and Optus’ is here.

If you’re interested in experiencing Optus 4G on a new handset, check out the 4G variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Optus’ product page for the 4G variant of this veritable beast of a handset is over here. It’ll be available from week after next.

Will you be making the jump to Optus 4G? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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2 Comments on "Optus 4G goes live in Melbourne"

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Baked420
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Baked420

When we get 4G coverage in Briss n Ipswich I will upgrade my S3 to the 4G model

Ian Tester
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Wow, Telstra has LTE here in Bathurst already. And Optus… doesn’t. I wonder how fast Vodafone will roll out their “4G”.

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