Optus has today announced that it has launched an expanded 4G service in Canberra to improve data coverage, download speeds and voice quality for Optus mobile customers in our nation’s capital.
During October, Optus will boost services at more than 10 sites across the ACT with customers in Torrens, Latham, Richardson and along Majura Road the first to experience the new and additional capacity 4G services.
The new 4G services are from the 1800MHz spectrum which is being delivered early as a result of Optus seeking approval from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for early access commercial licences.
Dennis Wong the Acting Managing Director of Networks for Optus has said that:
“Optus is committed to enhancing the mobile experience for customers living in and visiting Canberra and between now and January 2017 we will boost services at more than 30 sites across the ACT” and that “The advantage of 1800 MHz spectrum is that virtually all 4G devices support it, meaning more Optus customers with a variety of devices will enjoy the improved experience.”
So far Optus has said that is has invested $196 million in regional licences in the 1800MHz spectrum band it had acquired earlier this year which will see it enable more 4G services to be expanded in even more regional areas across Australia.
Furthermore, from May next year and as the 1800MHz spectrum becomes nationally available for commercial use, Optus will further expand its 4G network to even more holiday destinations and regional locations.
This additional capacity 4G services in the ACT comes after Optus had previously and successfully launched 4G services using 1800 MHz spectrum in selected locations in Bendigo in Victoria, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Nowra and Vincentia in New South Wales and Toowoomba in Queensland.