Optus enhances 4G services across Canberra

Optus enhances 4G services across Canberra

Introduces new 1800 MHz spectrum

Optus will boost its 4G services at more than 10 sites across Canberra to improve data coverage, download speeds and voice quality for its mobile customers.

Canberra suburbs Torrens, Latham, Richardson and along Majura Road will be the first to experience the enhancement following the introduction of the telco's 1800 MHz spectrum.

Optus expects to improve its services at more than 30 sites by January 2017.

The new spectrum is being delivered in Canberra early as an result of the telco seeking early approval from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for early access commercial licenses.

“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,” said Optus acting managing director of networks, Dennis Wong.

Optus invested $196 million in regional licences in the 1800MHz spectrum band earlier this year to enable 4G services to be expanded across all states and territory.

From May 2017, as the 1800MHz spectrum becomes nationally available for commercial use, the telco said it will expand its 4G network to more regional locations.

Currently, the Optus mobile network reaches 98.5 percent of the Australian population, with 4G services now available for more than 95 per cent of Australians.

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