+ Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

Optus 4G
Optus has advised that they are expanding their 4G network out to more areas, including new regional and ‘holiday’ places. The rollout will take place over the next six months, but incorporates over 200 new regions, with most areas having never received 4G service previously.

Optus has a plan to cover 90% of the Australian population by April 2015, using a combination of their 4G Plus network operating on the 2600MHz network, which becomes available this month in the majorty of Australia (WA becomes available in Feb 2016), as well as the upcoming 700MHz network which will go online in January next year.

The Optus 4G Plus network is only accessible on certain handsets, with Optus carrying a full range, including handsets from Sony, Samsung, LG and HTC (Ok, and Apple). The 700MHz network will be accessible from a range of handsets as well, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and HTC One (M8), you can see all the handsets on the Optus website. The list of regions which should see the new 4G coverage include :

New South Wales
Clarence ValleyCoffs HarbourDubboGoulburn/Yass
Great LakesGriffith/Murrumbidgee (West)Inverell/TenterfieldKempsey/Nambucca
Lachlan ValleyLithgow/MudgeeLower HunterLower Murray
Moree/NarrabriOrangePort MacquarieQueanbeyan
Richmond Valley – CoastalRichmond Valley – HinterlandShoalhavenSnowy Mountains
South CoastSouthern HighlandsTamworth/GunnedahTaree/Gloucester
Tumut/TumbarumbaTweed ValleyUpper HunterUpper Murray ex Albury
Wagga Wagga


BallaratBarwon – WestBaw BawBendigo
CampaspeCardiniaCreswick/Daylesford/BallanGippsland – East
Gippsland – South WestGlenelg/Southern GrampiansGrampiansHeathcote/Castlemaine/Kyneton
Latrobe ValleyLoddon/ElmoreMacedon RangesMaryborough/Pyrenees
MilduraMoiraMurray River/Swan HillShepparton
Upper Goulburn ValleyUpper Murray ex AlburyWangaratta/BenallaWarrnambool/Otway Ranges


Bowen Basin – NorthBundabergBurnettCaboolture Hinterland
Cairns – NorthCairns – SouthCentral HighlandsCharters Towers/Ayr/Ingham
Darling Downs – EastDarling Downs – West/MaranoaFar NorthGladstone/Biloela
Granite BeltHervey BayInnisfail/Cassowary CoastIpswich Hinterland
MackayMaryboroughOutback – NorthPort Douglas/Daintree


South Australia
Adelaide HillsBarossaEyre Peninsula/South WestFleurieu/Kangaroo Island
Limestone CoastLower NorthMid NorthMurray and Mallee
Outback – North and EastYorke Peninsula


Northern Territory
Alice SpringsDaly/Tiwi/West ArnhemDarwin CityDarwin Suburbs


Burnie/UlverstoneCentral HighlandsDevonportHobart – North East
Hobart InnerHuon/Bruny IslandLauncestonMeander Valley/West Tamar
North EastSouth East CoastWest Coast


Western Australia
AlbanyAugusta/Margaret River/BusseltonBunburyEsperance
GoldfieldsMandurahManjimupMid West
PilbaraWheat Belt – North

That’s a lot of new areas, but you can check the full Optus coverage map on their website as well if you want to check out coverage closer to home.

Source: Optus.

Daniel Tyson  

Daniel Tyson

Daniel is a former editor of Ausdroid, and left in February 2019.

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just found the answer – its band 28 not 17 !

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I have a moto X At&t version (I live overseas and travel back home once or twice a year) which supports LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – I use 2100 in Japan but Can anybody tell me where I could use the 700 in OZ. I mean in Japan, some bands are only for the city so is it going to be the same in OZ


Coverage completely disappeared in parts of blue mountains a few weeks back and has only patchy coverage still. Not impressed


The problem is they seem to have cut back on delivering straight ‘everyone can get it’ 4G to more places.

It used to be that if you selected at 4G phone and 3 months you got lots of new areas. Only last update they all seemed to disappear, and now you only seem coverage improvement with “4G in more places” (yuck) – which seems to be code for 2600 and 700 Mhz.

As such its a step back for me (and anyone else with a Nexus 5)

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