Optus 4G brace yourself
After announcing an expansion of their 4G services in Adelaide last night, Otpus has today announced that they have turned on 4G services in the ‘Gong’ as well as releasing details on upgrades to their existing 3G network.

Customers will now be able to access the Optus 4G network at five mobile sites in central Wollongong and Optus has announced that they will be performing extensive network upgrades in the greater Illawarra area in the next six months. Over the next six months customers with a 4G-ready mobile device in these areas will begin seeing 4G services switched on :

  • Shellharbour
  • Calderwood
  • Warilla
  • Kiama
  • Fern Hill
  • Shell Cove
  • Figtree
  • Unanderra
  • Blackbutt
  • Woonona
  • Port Kembla
  • Maddens Plains
  • West Dapto

As well as turning on the 4G at these specific locations, Optus is working on their 3G network as well. So far they’ve upgraded 4,000 3G sites nationally offering improved signal and indoor coverage. Optus has advised that 41 Optus mobile sites in the Illawarra area will be upgraded to receive better 3G coverage on compatible dual-band 3G devices.

Further plans for the Illawarra region include upgrades to sites over the next 18 months to add upgraded 3G coverage as well as 4G signal to selected areas of :

  • Albion Park Water Reservoir
  • Gwynneville
  • Primbee
  • Austimer
  • Kanahooka
  • Russell Vale
  • Berkeley North
  • Koonawarra
  • Scarborough
  • Bulli Station
  • Lakelands
  • Thirroul
  • Cobblers Hills East
  • Mt Ousely
  • Unanderra South
  • Coledale
  • Mt St Thomas North
  • Warilla
  • East West Link
  • North Wollongong
  • Windang
  • Fairy Meadow
  • Ocean Park
  • Yallah
  • Farmborough Heights
  • Port Kembla

Optus now advises that their mobile network reaches more than 98 percent of the Australian population, offering voice and data services to 9.5 million mobile customers. The Optus 4G network now offers coverage in selected areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay,
Toowoomba as well as the Newcastle and Hunter regions.

According to Ausdroid reader Troy, this has actually been available in Wollongong since last Thursday, have you noticed 4G coverage in an area that hasn’t been announced as yet? Let us know.

Check out the Optus network coverage map for more information or talk to your local Optus dealer.

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Shannon Lang

FYI, 4G coverage for certain parts of the Sunshine Coast eg, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore etc… 🙂


Still no 4G for the ACT, and the 3G coverage is pretty average. 2 bars at best at home and work (25km away) – right in the city

Daniel Tyson

We actually do have Optus 4G in Canberra. BUT….it’s only accessible via 2 devices : 4G Modems, No phones are compatible with it yet.

The Optus 4G network in Canberra is also running on the 2300MHz frequency and as a TD-LTE network which is a slightly different technology to the FD-LTE network run around the rest of Australia.

Sadly existing Optus 4G handset owners in Canberra will NEVER get 4G in Canberra on their current handsets.


Hell in Balcatta WA 6021 we can’t get 2G let alone 3 or 4G.