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
Albury Armidale Bathurst Bourke/Cobar/Coonamble
Clarence Valley Coffs Harbour Dubbo Goulburn/Yass
Great Lakes Griffith/Murrumbidgee (West) Inverell/Tenterfield Kempsey/Nambucca
Lachlan Valley Lithgow/Mudgee Lower Hunter Lower Murray
Moree/Narrabri Orange Port Macquarie Queanbeyan
Richmond Valley – Coastal Richmond Valley – Hinterland Shoalhaven Snowy Mountains
South Coast Southern Highlands Tamworth/Gunnedah Taree/Gloucester
Tumut/Tumbarumba Tweed Valley Upper Hunter Upper Murray ex Albury
Wagga Wagga


Ballarat Barwon – West Baw Baw Bendigo
Campaspe Cardinia Creswick/Daylesford/Ballan Gippsland – East
Gippsland – South West Glenelg/Southern Grampians Grampians Heathcote/Castlemaine/Kyneton
Latrobe Valley Loddon/Elmore Macedon Ranges Maryborough/Pyrenees
Mildura Moira Murray River/Swan Hill Shepparton
Upper Goulburn Valley Upper Murray ex Albury Wangaratta/Benalla Warrnambool/Otway Ranges
Wellington Whittlesea/Wallan Wodonga/Alpine


Bowen Basin – North Bundaberg Burnett Caboolture Hinterland
Cairns – North Cairns – South Central Highlands Charters Towers/Ayr/Ingham
Darling Downs – East Darling Downs – West/Maranoa Far North Gladstone/Biloela
Granite Belt Hervey Bay Innisfail/Cassowary Coast Ipswich Hinterland
Mackay Maryborough Outback – North Port Douglas/Daintree
Toowoomba Townsville Whitsunday


South Australia
Adelaide Hills Barossa Eyre Peninsula/South West Fleurieu/Kangaroo Island
Limestone Coast Lower North Mid North Murray and Mallee
Outback – North and East Yorke Peninsula


Northern Territory
Alice Springs Daly/Tiwi/West Arnhem Darwin City Darwin Suburbs


Burnie/Ulverstone Central Highlands Devonport Hobart – North East
Hobart Inner Huon/Bruny Island Launceston Meander Valley/West Tamar
North East South East Coast West Coast


Western Australia
Albany Augusta/Margaret River/Busselton Bunbury Esperance
Goldfields Mandurah Manjimup Mid West
Pilbara Wheat 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.
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    Das boot

    just found the answer – its band 28 not 17 !

    Das boot

    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)